Relieve pain and enjoy exercise more with these recovery tools at Amazon — prices start at just $21

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Using a foam roller or a massage ball daily can make long-standing aches and pains evaporate. An easy resolution for 2022! (Photo: Amazon)
Using a foam roller or a massage ball daily can make long-standing aches and pains evaporate. An easy resolution for 2022! (Photo: Amazon)

Everyone loves a great massage, but the price of one is sometimes not enough to justify the monthly expense. However, a foam roller is the next best thing, delivering a "hurts so good" sensation as it releases muscles and fascia.

Though simple in aesthetics, if used correctly foam rollers can provide a host of benefits. According to Heathline, foam rolling can "help relieve muscle tightness, soreness, and inflammation, and increase your joint range of motion." Over time, it can also prevent the emergence of future aches.

Healthline adds that foam rolling should be done for at least 20 minutes immediately after a workout, then again within 48 hours of said exercise. Besides benefiting joints, it also helps alleviate chronic tension.

Foam rollers come in all shapes and sizes, and choosing which one is right for you can be slightly overwhelming. A cylinder roller is most popular, but spherical rollers or those that resemble a rolling pin can be better for some folks. At Amazon we spotted various types, all on sale, by the popular brand TriggerPoint. Here are four guaranteed winners. Grab the one that speaks to you, before prices increase.

Save 43 percent: TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

Lime green foam roller.
Find this 13-inch roller in eight eye-catching colors. (Photo: Amazon)

This popular foam roller has varied ridges and nooks, to make it easy to find relief. It's great for newbies because it comes with free access to instructional videos; you'll learn from certified trainers how to effectively roll, and how to target specific body parts. Plus, it's $17 off. Said one of the 14,400+ reviewers: "I have been suffering from lower back pain for years now. I use this every day in the morning and sometimes in the evening. I found it really makes a difference. I am able to stretch without discomfort."

$23 $40 at Amazon

Save 25 percent: Trigger Point Performance Grid X Massage Ball

Black massage ball.
About the size of a softball, this little wonder is great for spots that are tricky to reach with a traditional roller. (Photo: Amazon)

Ideal for use in difficult-to-reach places such as shoulders, traps, and hips, the Trigger Point Performance Grid X Massage Ball has a grid pattern that provides relief through pressure and by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to muscles. "Best investment ever. I have tried rollers, baseballs softballs tennis balls...anything to get the knots out of my shoulder blades.... This thing has just enough give to make the process only slightly uncomfortable (really needed the firmness to make any progress) and to actually get knots out [that] I have dealt with for years," wrote one fan.

$21 $28 at Amazon

Save $20: TriggerPoint Vibrating Massage Ball

Lime green massage ball with charger.
The battery lasts up to 2 hours on a full charge. (Photo: Amazon)

This Amazon's Choice product adds another dimension to relief and recovery. It vibrates, at three different speeds, to release tightness even more effectively. The outer layer is a high-density silicone that gently grips skin for enhanced myofascial release. It's easy to wipe clean, so go ahead and use. it right after a workout. Wrote one satisfied customer: "This thing is a killer in a good way. It really goes deep with the different vibrating settings. It is a powerful ball! Easy to use. I got it for my shoulder, but husband uses it for sore muscles as well."

$59 $80 at Amazon

Save 25 percent: TriggerPoint STK Handheld Massage Stick

Orange massage stick.
You can use this while sitting down or standing up. (Photo: Amazon)

The STK Massage Stick operates like a rolling pin, which makes it easy to release quads, calves and hamstrings. Fun bonus: Its ergonomic handles simulate the pressure of a massage therapist's thumb — so your hands get some treatment too. Wrote one satisfied customer: "I’ve gone through several different myofascial release tools, and this is by far the best one for me. It’s easy to grip, and the way the handles are shaped makes it comfortable to use. The bumps on the main portion work so well to break up adhesions, myofascial tensions, etc. Great for massaging after a workout as well! This one is a keeper."

$30 $40 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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