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Quick Review Summary
Name: Thera cane massager
Features: Made of plastic, has 6 massage head, suitable for myofascial release
Pros: lightweight and long enough to help you reach the trigger points of your back even when you have limited shoulder mobility
Cons: The massage heads feel slippery
Our Rating: 4.5/5
Full Written Review:
Chronic pain is a fairly common issue faced by millions of people across the globe. No wonder why there are thousands of self-massaging tools available in almost all possible shapes, materials, and price range. Every tool out there claims to be the best alternative to a professional massage.
So, how do you choose the right one?
The first thing that you must know about self-massaging tools is what works for you may not work for your spouse or friend. So, do not hesitate to experiment with multiple tools and find out which one works best for you. A first-hand experience is the only way to judge the effectiveness of a self-massage tool.
If you are looking for recommendations for massage tools, you can check out our other blogs where we have reviewed some of the most popular self massage tools such as 5BILLION Peanut Massage Ball, Davinci massage tool, Exogun Massage Gun, and PSO-RITE. Here, we are going to review another such fantastic self-massage too, the Theracane massager.
What is Thera cane?
Theracane is a simple and deceptively-shaped massage tool, suitable mostly for people suffering from mobility issues. It looks like a giant candy cane and has 6 pressure knobs that you can use to reach almost all parts of your body, even if you have limited shoulder mobility. It measures 25 X 15 X 1 inches and weighs about a pound.
Although it is made of plastic, it feels quite durable. I have tried using it on my glutes many times while sitting. It's been years and it hasn’t snapped yet. The surface has a smooth finish. You can comfortably hold and use it.
What does Theracane do?
It is helpful for myofascial release. Watch this video where a physical therapist has explained how to use it properly. He has also explained how you can use it for strange purposes such as massaging your jaw if you suffer from clenching issues!
Myofascial pain is the most common form of musculoskeletal disorder. It is a condition in which the connective tissues get inflamed due to muscle overuse or injury. The typical symptoms are deep aching pain, tender and painful muscle knots (known as trigger points), stiffness and reduced range of motion in the respective muscle groups.
Myofascial pain worsens with time whereas other types of muscle pain usually improve when the muscle group gets ample rest. You will be surprised to know that the trigger points in myofascial pain are responsible for pain in an unrelated area such as headache, migraine, low back pain, etc. Treatment options include medication, dry needling, and trigger point massage.
This is where Thera cane can help. Its massage heads can help you loosen up the trigger points and improve blood circulation to the affected muscles and areas, which helps alleviate the pain.
Who can use Theracan?
Anyone can use it but not everyone will like it.
Unlike other myofascial massage tools like the one we listed above, Thera cane doesn’t offer high-intensity massage like you get when you roll over a lacrosse ball or lie down on PSO-Rite. It is meant to provide a rather delicate massage, making it suitable for people who are suffering from deep pain or for people recovering from injuries who can’t bear an intense massage. That being said, we have been using it for years now and we believe the pressure it offers is enough for most of us, unless you are an athlete who has a high tolerance capacity.
The design of Thera Cane has a specific purpose. It is long and curved, so even if you have limited shoulder mobility, you will still be able to reach a majority of trigger points in your back and neck region.
There are 6 knobs but the two on the handles are pretty much useless. The manufacturer states that they are meant for fleshy areas such as thighs, chest, pecs, etc. but we never felt like using them. Moreover, Theracane works best for back, shoulder, and neck muscles. You can use it for glutes too but, for legs, we would rather suggest a lacrosse ball on which you can out your own weight to get a greater release.
What we don’t like about Thera cane
- Thera cane does come with a learning curve but the extensive how-to guide that comes with it, eliminates the guesswork and helps you use it correctly.
- The rounded knobs for massage do slip a bit, especially on sweaty skin. They should have had some grippy texture.
- It is too big to be carried along while traveling. You should buy Thera Cane Max instead. You can disassemble it for carrying in your gym bag or travel bag.
Our Rating: 4.5/5
Unless you are looking for a deep, intense massage like you get from a lacrosse ball or foam roller, Thera cane should be enough to help you target the hard-to-reach trigger points on your body. The blue one is better than the other two because it is neither too flexible nor too rigid. You can buy its combo pack, which includes two handheld massagers.