Muscletrac® Mini is a single Trac™ performance massage roller with an ergonomically designed handle and a weighted inner rod which allows users to vary from a light to deep tissue massage in smaller areas with minimal effort. The Muscletrac Mini can be used for self-care for overuse problems in the forearms, and for general application around the elbows, wrists, knees, shoulders, neck and trap region. It is a convenient size to carry in your bag to use before or after training and provides fast and effective self myofascial release for trigger points, muscle tightness and soreness and can be used for warm-up, recovery and therapy applications.
How the Muscletrac influences muscle performance and recovery
In order for you to understand how the Muscletrac can improve muscle performance and recovery, it is necessary to review basic muscle function. For your muscles to perform optimally they must be able to rapidly lengthen and contract with adequate elasticity and force to produce efficient movement and locomotion. Performance inhibiting barriers, such as trigger points, adhesions, and other muscular lesions will prevent normal muscle contraction and relaxation. This results in tightness, which effects not only the muscle, but also the overlying fascia, thereby further reducing elasticity and impacting the overall muscle performance and recovery. The muscle fibers may then develop collagenous interfiber cross-links which prevent normal contraction and relaxation. Restrictive tissue in the belly of the muscles will reduce elasticity and negatively effect movement by keeping muscles short and tight which will impose a ceiling on muscle performance and recovery. This tight and restrictive tissue also causes an interruption of normal blood flow to the muscle fibers resulting in oxygen starvation and loss of efficient nutrient delivery to the muscle. Tight muscles and fascia that are non-compliant with compensated elasticity will also diminish normal lymphatic drainage, resulting in a pooling of by-products of muscle metabolism and ongoing muscle soreness. If the muscles loose their normal contractile ability and are prevented from relaxing, this will cause them to fatigue quickly, recover slowly from exertion and performance, and cause them to contract inefficiently, leading to further dysfunction and injury.