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This is going to be my quick review of the PSO-RITE here and I’m not going to go into, you know, showing you all how to use it. I honestly think there’s a lot better videos out there that show how to use it and we will link those in our full article as well as in this Youtube video. Of course, I don’t think anyone wants to see kind of grinding on a plastic massage tool here. But I do want to talk about the overall experience using it and kind of what I think of it, if I think it’s worth it for the price.
With all these massage tools, one thing you’re going to find me recommending is that it really depends on the person and sometimes, you have to try these things out to get an idea if it can work for you. The great thing about buying these items on Amazon, because the PSO-RITE is both available on Amazon and as well as the PSO-RITE website (although one tip, you can actually sometimes get it $20-$25 cheaper on the PSO-RITE website so keep that in mind), is that you can buy it, you know try it out and see if it kind of works for you and then you can take advantage of their return policy as long as you are within their return window. And that’s one of the fantastic things about Amazon and one reason why people kind of feel comfortable buying from them.
Now with my own personal experiences with it. So I have the same problems that a lot of people have which is I could not do both Psoas muscles at the same time because of the narrowness of it. In another review, I talked about the Hip Hero which is expandable but not great kind of build quality and almost the same price as the PSO-RITE. One thing I wasn’t surprised with with the PSO-RITE is that this is a very heavy duty piece of plastic here. You can lay on this and it’s got rubber feet to keep it from going anywhere, you won’t feel like it’s going to break on you. Not that you feel like the Hip Hero plastic in pieces, with PSO-Rite you don’t feel like it’s going to break. Some of the construction of the Hip Hero was not great and you feel that might break. This, though, it feels totally solid.
Now it is painful at first to get on this PSO-Rite, I tried it and I kind of got used to it but I never experienced an amazing relief that some people talked about. Now then again, I’ve been kind of releasing and stretching out the hip area for years now so that may not be a big problem area of mine. Or maybe I just didn’t give this thing a full chance or I just don’t know how to use it. There’s always that possibility but I watched a lot of videos on it and never really experienced super amazing relief. But on the flip side, you’re going to find a lot of people who have and you can’t discount that.
The interesting thing to me about this PSO-RITE is not it’s functionality as a Psoas muscle release tool but as other types of release tool. You can use this to your chest. I don’t know what it is about the structure of these knobs here but they are very good for releasing the chest muscle, maybe even in your arm. I’ve seen people use it on their glutes, all up and down the hip area, in their thighs. I think some people use it even in their neck in some parts, I’m not sure I’d recommend that. Also, I’ve seen videos with these on the upper back, I think there are some better tools for that rather than the PSO-RITE here.
But yeah, overall, it’s a great massage tool. I’m going to have to give it a rating of, I honestly have to decide either it’s 3.5 or 4 out of 5 simply because it’s highly specialized and I didn’t get any kind of amazing relief from it. But I do think the build quality is amazing. I love one of their other tools which I’m going to have in another video and that is the PSO-SPINE which I tried out. So yeah, with this kind of thing, it really depends if you have lower back pain, if you feel like your hips are tight and you feel like you may be able to kind of benefit from this, then I do highly recommend it but just keep that in mind before you purchase it. If your hips are not tight, if you don’t have this specific issue and if you don’t have other use cases you want to use it for as far as massaging yourself out, then it may not be a great investment for you.
Quick Review Summary for People in a Hurry
Features: Single molded large plastic manual massager with two prongs designed to go deeper into the psoas tissues. ABS plastic is durable and impact-resistant.
Pros: Highly effective as confirmed by thousands of buyers. Can be used for targeting trigger points across the body. Lightweight, portable, and doesn’t require any battery or electricity.
Cons: Expensive in terms of what it is made of
Our Rating: 4 out of 5
Verdict: Buy if it works for you.
Full Written Review:
Did you know back pain is the most common health issue among adult Americans? A major reason for it is muscle tightness and strain that could be caused due to underuse or overuse of the muscles of that specific area of your body.
If not addressed on time, the tension in muscles could lead to the development of trigger points. These trigger points are responsible for consistent pain and discomfort. It isn’t easy to get rid of them. You may have to go for weeks of therapy to experience some relief.
We all know how expensive therapies are, which is why many of us choose to do it ourselves using massage tools.
Well, there is nothing like a Chiropractor’s therapy session but, if you aren’t suffering from disabling pain, massage tools may just work for you. Numerous buyers swear by lacrosse balls, massage pillows, rollers, deep tissue massage guns, acupuncture sticks, etc.
But, the problem with them is that most of them do not really dig into the hard-to-reach trigger points. They aren’t designed for that, which is why they are not effective for back pain caused due to psoas muscle tightness.
What are Psoas muscles?
Psoas muscle group is located deep within the core. It attaches the spine and the hip and helps with everyday activities such as walking, sitting, exercising, cycling, any other activity in which you will have to use your back and your legs (which includes 90% of our tasks). The Psoas muscles also stabilize the spine and regulate our breathing.
Tightness in psoas muscles can cause pain in the lower back and hip which may radiate towards the buttocks or down the leg. You may experience pain while walking up or down the stairs, while exercising, while standing up from a sitting position, and also while lifting your legs.
What does PSO-Rite do for psoas-related pain and discomfort?
As we mentioned above, psoas muscles are located deep within our core and it is almost impossible for generic massage tools like lacrosse balls and massage pillows to reach those trigger points.
This is why you need the PSO-Rite massage tool. It is a patented manual massager designed to exclusively target the psoas muscles although buyers have used it to massage trigger points on hip flexors, hamstrings, calves, back, neck, chest, shoulders, groin, etc.
It is made of ABS-plastic and requires your bodyweight to work. No batteries, no cords, no settings; it is just like an acupressure roller. You have to put your body weight on it and move your body a bit to massage the area. The more weight you put on it, the deeper it will go and the stronger massage you will get.
As you can guess from the picture, it is designed to resemble the hands of a therapist and has a hardness of an elbow. 87% of buyers have rated it 4-stars and above and have agreed that it can go deep into the hard-to-reach psoas muscles and provide you almost as good a massage as you can expect from a massage therapist.
How to use PSO-Rite?
Well, there are numerous videos on PSO-RITE’s YouTube and Instagram channels. These videos are quite explanatory. They provide you with accurate guidelines and tips. We have selected two of them for your convenience:
As you can figure out from the videos, you need to place the PSO-RITE massager on an even flat surface. Then, you need to lie on it in a way that its edges rest on the muscles that you want to target. Once you have found your tension knot or trigger point, move your body around so the tool presses into it. Remain in this position for 30-60 seconds and make sure you breathe slowly. That’s it!
Key features or PSO-RITE massager
- Dimensions: 10.7 x 5 x 5.3 inches
- Peak to peak distance is 6.3 inches
- Material: ABS plastic
- Color: 4 different color options available
- Weight: 0.52 kg or 1.15 lbs
- Made in USA
- Manual operation
- Patented US Pat. No. D823,479
Versatile in use
Thousands of buyers have mentioned that this is a versatile massage tool that can be used to target almost any area of your body including the inner groin, neck, chest, and buttocks. It can provide you a deep tissue massage, sometimes better massage than what you can expect from $400 massage guns.
Lightweight and portable
PSO-Rite weighs just a bit above 1 lb and measures 10.7 inches. You can toss it in your gym bag and carry it around when you are on trips. If you want something smaller, you can buy PSO-mini but it is not meant for Psoas muscles.
The psoas massage tool is very easy to use; you don’t need batteries or worry about its warranty or chase the manufacturer when it starts malfunctioning. You don’t have to find a power source when the battery dies or you don’t have to double-check the unit to see if you accidentally left it switched on.
Electronic massagers have preset levels. Often, the levels offer too much or too little pressure. PSO-Rite is a manual tool. You can adjust the intensity of the massage by putting as much or as little weight of your body on it.
Durable and safe for use
ABS plastic is quite durable and impact-resistant. So, you can expect this massage tool to last long even when you put your entire weight on it. You don’t need to worry about it snapping or breaking into pieces and cutting or scratching your skin. The plastic is very smooth and the edges are high enough to let you place yourself on it comfortably.
- It is effective for targeting hard-to-reach trigger points located deep inside the fleshy areas of your body such as inner thighs, abductors, calves, etc. Other manual tools and even the expensive deep tissue massage tools aren’t able to penetrate so deep, which makes PSO-Rite massager the only effective option for people suffering from psoas-related pain.
- Although being lightweight, buyers have stated that it has amazing stability. Even if you are using just one of its prongs, it won’t lift up or flip over. PSO-RITE deep tissue massage tool doesn’t wobble and has small grips that keep it firmly placed on most surfaces.
- As mentioned above, this massage tool can penetrate deeper into the fleshy areas, which is why it is specifically suitable for psoas muscles. Not many massagers can penetrate so deep.
- It is expensive for what it is made of. It’s just a piece of large molded plastic with no fancy buttons or features. When we received the box, we felt somewhat disappointed. There was nothing that excited us. It was just a box with this tool wrapped in a plastic sheet. We don’t feel the price is justified but if it works, it’s OK. There are hundreds of massage tools available in the market and a lot of them are not sufficiently effective.
- Some buyers have complained that it is of a fixed size, so both the prongs do not sit in the right spots. This is more common with people who have a broad body. But, what most people do not realize is that both the prongs are not always meant to be used together. You need to use one prong at a time and it works fine! A few buyers have suggested that they could have made the width adjustable like many other massagers have.
Our Rating: 4/5
PSO-Rite psoas massage tool deserves a better rating than what we have given but we didn’t like its price. It is overly expensive. Nevertheless, if it works for you, $60 isn’t a big deal. If you are looking for a generic deep tissue massager, not specifically targeting the Psoas muscles, you can go with Chiro Gun Massage Gun or Homech Massage Gun. Please note that these tools are quite expensive. But, you can make your own deep tissue massager at home for just $125. Instructions here. We hope you like it.