Stars: 3 out of 5
Pros: Very firm is you need a roller to dig into one part of the body
Cons: Not helpful if you just generally want to roll your body
The Bottom Line:
A hard foam roller
Digs into selected parts
Not what I wanted
I Tried It and I Found It Too Hard
I've had a foam roller for years, and I still use it quite regularly. I'm bad about stretching, but I find that rolling every morning really does help. When I saw an offer of this roller in my Amazon Vine account, I decided to give it a try. I'd been curious about these rollers for a while, and this was a good opportunity to try one.
This roller is 13 inches long, just large enough to use on one leg or your back. It is round and very hard plastic with a hollow core. Sticking out of the roller are nobs. The idea of these nobs is that they are supposed to dig into your muscles, kind of like getting a trigger point massage.
My concern about these rollers is the same with my concern about a pressure point massage – I have a low tolerance for pain. Something that comes into play very quickly when using it. Those nobs may be small, but they dig into your body as you use the roller. The idea, of course, is that they will get into the sore areas and help relieve the built up tension.
I've found that all it does for me is make my body generally sore. And yes, I used it faithfully every day for a week, and my body seems to only adjust to it a little bit. I know with my traditional hard foam roller, it took my body a few days to get used to it, so I was willing to be patient, but my body didn’t seem to adjust to this one at all.
Furthermore, I don't see the other benefits I do with my traditional roller. Because this has the nobs, those are really all that is digging into my body. I can see where they might be helpful if I had one particularly sore spot. But with my regular roller, I can knead the entire area. This misses parts of the body, so it's not as effective.
I will definitely try this roller again if I find a particular knot I want to try to get out. But as an everyday roller, I will be skipping it.
NOTE: I received this item for free from Amazon's Vine program in exchange for my honest review.