OPTP Foam Roller vs. CTM Band
The OPTP foam roller has been the workhorse of the self-massage industry for the last few years. It’s relatively inexpensive and effective as a tool to warm-up muscles, self-massage, and for myofascial release therapy as it helps relieve knots and decreases tension in the muscle. They’re great before a workout to help warm up the muscles and afterward as a way to cool down.
Today, though, there’s a new player in the market. Let’s explore CTM bands; what they are and what they can mean for you.
The CTM band is the newest tool in the myofascial release arsenal. It is used to treat stiff muscles and articulations, increase blood flow into the affected area, and it can help speed recovery after particularly heavy effort or even injury.
Many accessories out there help with muscle recovery after running, but the CTM band is a simple all-in-one compact tool that does everything: warming up, cooling down, and stretching exercises, all possible within a few minutes.
It not only helps runners maintain their musculoskeletal systems in optimal shape, but it also helps treat the most common runner’s injuries, such as shin splints and plantar fasciitis.
When compared to your OPTP roller, the CTM band tends to stand out by its greater versatility, efficacy, and portability. It’s much easier to take your CTM band to the gym than an OPTP roller, which will usually stay home due to its bulk. This means that an OPTP roller is often used several hours after the workout is done and when the muscles have had time to stiffen.
In contrast, the CTM band is much more portable. It can be used on site and as needed. It provides greater freedom and more immediate relief for its users.
It’s also the better economic option by far. Since it is such a versatile tool, it fulfills all the functions of the OPTP roller, as well as those of a classic massage band and trigger point balls. And all of that in a single compact tool. It avoids clutter at home, and it keeps costs down. Consider the potential savings due to better musculoskeletal health and fewer visits to your physical therapist. Better training translates to less injury, which means better health and a more fulfilling life.
The CTM band is a must-have for every runner, professional or amateur.