There a lot of great products on the market that help to keep your myofacial tissue from knotting as well as improve your recovery time as well as flexibility. Trust me I know this for a fact first hand. For years I suffered from scapula myo knots and other forms of inflammation in my upper back and neck area. But this this convo I’ll stick to on type of self massage technique.
Having a well educated LMP (if can find an ART one even better) is still my go to and if i could, I would have a massage a day. But reality dictates my need (like many) for self tissue manipulation. Keep in mind for preventative maintenance its very important to stretch before a workout, after a workout, before you go to bed and when you get up in the morning. Stretch Stretch and more Stretching. Even if your not doing a workout regimine the benefits of daily stretching is key to healthy aging.
Next step is finding the right tools for the trade. One company that makes such products is Trigger Point. If you have tight IT bands, kiss them goodbye with the Grid Roller. Mine were so tight using them at first seriously made me feel like a wuss. LOL To get into those hard to reach spaces in your back, glutes, triceps, etc forget the tennis balls give their Massage Balls a try they apply just the right amount of pressure and give to be very effective. Trigger point is a brand utilized by athletes all over for its effectiveness and durability and it has helped to keep this aging body age in a healthy fashion. At almost 50 with a 1 and a 3-year-old to keep up with, I need all the help I can get.
Trigger point has an assortment of tools to help ease those aching muscles and so much more. They also provide how-to videos to help you help yourself.