Wednesday, January 28, 2009

e's Favorite Things: The Thera Cane

This should come as no surprise to Lost fans and readers of Long Live Locke, but over the past week I've been spending an unhealthy amount of time in front of my laptop. In fact, since I last posted here on 'According to e,' pretty much all I've been doing is writing.

The good news is that my back and shoulders are no longer suffering (as much) because of the ten physical therapy sessions I've completed since December. I've learned to be conscious of both my posture and how I tend to tense up throughout the day. I'm armed with tons of stretches and weight-bearing exercises to help build my scrawny upper body muscles. And perhaps most importantly, I now have the Thera Cane.

Everyone who's seen this thing in my apartment has been like, "What the HELL is that?" But once they experience the wonder that is the Thera Cane, they are jealous and want one, too. Basically it is a strange-looking device that helps banish tight knots in your back (or elsewhere, I guess, but I just use it on my back).

At my last PT session I asked my therapist if she had any recommendations for things I could buy to use at home to help ease the pain of when I inevitably do something to pull a back or neck muscle again. Out came the Thera Cane. She said that when something is pressed against a tight muscle, the body's reflex is to loosen up in that area. So when you apply pressure on sore spots with this easy-to-use contraption that has small knobs jutting out from a cane-shaped bar, they dissipate much more quickly than they would on their own.

I LOVE THIS THING and would highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't have a live-in masseuse. It was around $40 on Amazon and it's the best money I've spent in a long time. Yes, it is totally goofy looking, but who cares? It works. This thirty-something has a cane and is not too proud to tell the world about it!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

omg you're back!!! okay, now i'm gonna actually read the post :D

*kristYn from CALI*

Anonymous said...

lol, that thing is awesome looking :D

*kristYn from CALI*

Kelly, UK said...

Looks good. I sometimes get tense muscles myself. It really hurts when they get all knotted. I'll have to start saving up...

lost and back again said...

The thera cane reminds me of the logo/tattoo on Heroes. Hm.

Lars-Erik said...

I so need one of these too !!

[ was showing off your blog to a colleague here at work who's starting up a collective "girl blog" here in NYC]

Christy G said...

that is hilarious....i actually have one of those!! i have bad migraines and a doctor recommended it for my neck!! too funny!