There are not many tools available for massaging the back. The conventional foam rollers are too big and uncomfortable because they put a lot of pressure on the spine. The lacrosse balls are too small and they fly away. A few innovative products such as the Vertiball Wall Massager helps keep the ball fixed on a wall but the suction is poor. Plus, you have to repeatedly adjust its height.
We have tried PSO-BACK and PSO-Spine, the top-rated spine massage tools. They do help with trigger point massage but you can’t really roll on them to loosen up your tight muscles. These tools are great though, especially the PSO-rite and Hip Hero trigger point massagers because they can dig really deep and target those trigger points that are otherwise hard to reach with the help of massage guns and foam rollers.
Most myofascial release tools put pressure on your spine
As we have mentioned above, you can’t roll on them.
Rolling is one of the most effective self-myofascial release techniques. If you have a lot of tightness or soreness in your back due to excessive sitting or after an intense workout session, you would need a myofascial release tool such as the RAD Roller Helix massager to loosen them up and get rid of the toxin buildup.
After using it for weeks, we conclude that RAD Roller Helix myofascial release tool is highly effective for massaging your back and neck, although you can use it for glutes and calves as well. We find it overpriced for what it is made of but if it suits you, do not hesitate to spend a bit more because finding a myofascial release tool that works for you is not that easy.
RAD roller helix massager is specially meant for massaging the muscles along the spine
Just like the 5 billion peanut massage ball, it too has a groove to accommodate the spine and take the pressure off it while massaging the muscles that run along with it.
You might wonder why to spend $50 for this when the 5 billion massage ball is available for just $15!
That’s because the quality and build of both these products are different. The massage ball is basically a double lacrosse ball made of rubber. It has the same level of firmness as the lacrosse ball, making it suitable for beginners and people recovering from injuries. It may not be enough for people who want a more intense massage. That’s where RAD Roller Helix massager can help.
RAD Helix is significantly longer than the peanut massage balls and has a patent-pending ‘three-dimensional arched design that replicates a double helix, which is the shape of our DNAs’. We don’t know what the manufacturer is trying to convey by saying that but the design is much better and the spiraling texture is much more effective than a plain peanut massage ball.
By the way, RAD also sells a peanut massage ball known as RAD Roller. If RAD Helix is beyond your budget you can buy that instead of maybe buy the 5 Billion peanut massage ball.
Noteworthy features of RAD Helix Myofascial Release Tool
- Dimensions: 12.5″ x 3″
- Weight: 20 Ounces
- Material: high-density foam
- Water-proof and sweatproof, so you can keep it clean and hygienic
- Lightweight and portable
- RAD Helix roller has a hollow core. The diameter of the core is enough to accommodate RAD Rod, another myofascial release tool by the same manufacturer. With the rod inside, the setup gets wider and makes it easier to massage your calves, hamstrings, glutes, etc. The ROD massager can be used individually as well.
- Specifically designed for massaging the muscles around the spine but can be used for almost all parts of the body, especially the sensitive ones such as the neck muscles.
Is RAD Helix myofascial release tool effective?
Yes, it is! All products from RAD are effective and they do what is expected from them.
As we have stated above, it is one of the few myofascial release tools meant for massaging the back and neck. Rest of the tools that we have reviewed on our website are not suitable for rolling. They are meant for trigger point massage.
Please note that just like any other myofascial release tool, it too hurts in the beginning. So, go slow and apply less pressure in the beginning.
Also note that, if you are suffering from injury or if you are someone who wants a very gentle massage, this might not be a good choice because it is a bit stiffer than the lacrosse balls.
RAD Helix roller is a bit pricey
You can buy standard foam rollers for as low as $15 to $20. Good quality ones cost $5-10 more and they do a pretty decent job. They have ergonomic grooves to help you get a deeper, more intense massage.
So, we believe RAD Helix myofascial release tool could have been a bit cheaper. Nevertheless, since it works for us, we have no complaints.
Our Rating: 4.5/5
From a $15 double lacrosse ball to a $30 foam roller to $70 rolling stick to a $150+ percussion massage gun; there are enough varieties of myofascial release tools options to confuse you. But, the choice is rather easy to make.
Most manufacturers claim that their product is all-in-one and can be used for massaging all parts of your body. But, that’s not true. Each of them has a specific use and you need to evaluate yours before buying any of them.
If you want to massage larger muscle groups, go with foam rollers but if you want to break up the muscle knots, go with trigger point massage tools such as the Thera Cane Massager or the Davinci Tool. If you have a decent budget, you can buy massage guns such as Exogun Massage Gun or maybe the Theragun Massage Gun.
Whatever you buy, make sure it is specifically meant to serve your purpose.