Typically reviewing rollers and recovery tools can be difficult. It is hard to quantify results from using the tools. When Dr. Kyle Bowling asked us to check out the product, I set the expectation, I would try it out, but no promises on a review. I ended up using the product and became a big fan of the tool.
The CTM Band is pretty simple. It has four halves of golfballs that can be screwed into place on a latex band. The magic happens once you wrap the latex like a bandage with the golfballs digging into your muscle tissue. This creates the tension, compression, and movement. Using a foam roller, my weight creates the pressure. I roll and flex to release the knots. Foam rolling is great; I do it before nearly every run to loosen up the legs. So why would I need or use the CTM Band? For starters, it is far more intense.
I have been nursing some Achilles soreness for about a month; it was bad enough that I took some days off from running. The CTM Band arrived about 3-weeks ago, I was back running, but the Achilles was fired up after runs. I started using the CTM Band on my calf. Once I had the calf wrapped all the tension on my Achilles disappeared. So here is the cool part, CTM Band recommends you leave it on for two minutes. During those two minutes move and stretch the area. The band creates some pain as it digs in, but it is mixed with the pleasure of feeling the tissue loosen up. With foam rolling, I have to sit on the floor and concentrate on rolling. With the CTM Band, I wrap the calf and make coffee while every step I take helps break up the crap in my leg. Two birds one stone. It is so easy to use, I come home at night and give the calf another squeeze right through my jeans.
The CTM Band turns out to be a useful tool. For me, it works better than foam rolling or using a stick. We even have a vibrating foam roller, and the CTM Band still wins for results. Another bonus for the CTM Band is the portability of the tool. It is easily packed and traveled with. The only two complaints I have about the CTM Band are 1) it is tedious to roll back up after every use and 2) the design of the configurable golf ball halves could use an upgrade to look less like something that was made in a garage.
There are lots of useful videos available to coach you through using it on various body parts. Check out this list.
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Thomas is the founder of Big Run Media, Believe In The Run, and the Faster Bastards. His mission is to get everyone running. Life is better when you run and running is always better when you have the right gear.