January 8, 2011 — The Knead, a new tool from OPTP, is a multiadaptable soft tissue mobilization tool designed to help provide myofascial release of tension stored in the sheets of fibrous tissue surrounding and supporting the muscles, called the fascia.
This tension is oftentimes the result of joint dysfunction and can be caused by poor posture, trauma, inactivity, spinal issues, congenital problems, or normal wear-and-tear. Left untreated, joint dysfunction inhibits the muscle’s ability to move freely, oftentimes resulting in a cycle of muscle spasms, pain, diminished blood flow and fatigue — ultimately resulting in myofascial tension.
Using The Knead will help restore normal joint function by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing lymphatic drainage, breaking up fascial adhesions and stimulating the stretch reflex of the muscles and fascia. The Knead can be used to treat post-op rehabilitation, post injury rehabilitation, injury prevention, muscle tightness and shortening, and post-exercise soreness.
This tool can be gripped in a variety of ways to ensure the most efficient soft tissue mobilization. The Knead can be held using one or both hands, or using a palm or pistol grip. The Knead is ideal for all leg and arm soft tissue — in addition to cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine tissue.
The Knead can be used over clothing or directly on the skin with a massage lubricant. It cleans easily cleans with soap and water, is UV-protected and is extremely durable.
Source: OPTP, www.optp.com