As I’m winding down my training and amping up my recovery, the CTM Band has been a crucial tool in making sure I’m 110% ready for race day. Standing for Compression, Tension, and Movement, the CTM Band is an all-in-one recovery tool and can aide in the following ways:
- Relieves Muscle Spasm
- Releases Knots
- Speeds Muscle Recovery
- Breaks Up Scar Tissue
- Increases Range Of Motion
- Activates Muscles
But how does it do all of those things? The simple, know-it-all answer would be “with Compression, Tension and Movement” but I’m not going to spare you any of the details of what I learned from the sites videos (because yes, this company is that great they have how-to videos for every possible way you could want to use the CTM Band).
So first of all, you’ll hear Dr. Kyle Bowling, creator of the CTM Band mention “myofascial release” a few times, meaning manipulative treatment that attempts to release tension in the fascia (a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle) due to trauma, posture, or inflammation (aka working out).
In order for myofascial release to work, you need three things, and yes, you guessed it so I won’t say it again. The CTM Band is the first to combine all three – compression with the latex band, tension with the half golf balls, and movement by your own body. By applying the band post-workout to squeeze lactic acid out and allow oxygen rich blood to the area, it will inevitably speed up recovery. You can use it to alleviate pain in any of the following areas:
- Plantar fasciitis (could’ve used it for this in high school…)
- Shin splints (so many people have asked me how I deal with shin splints and while I’ve never had them, I assume the CTM Band would help!)
- Calves (literally use it every day for my tight calves)
- Hamstrings (and my tight hamstrings!)
- Hip flexors (no video for this one but I’ve got tight hips so I experimented and it worked!)
Favorite part about the CTM Band? Well besides the whole almost instantaneous recovery, it’s small and I can bring it anywhere – it’s not like a roller that I have to lug around or a ball I need to remember to steal back from Lu (LOL). Also, having the ability to adjust how many half golf balls (I realize this isn’t what they are really called but it’s the name they’ve taken on in my world) and to get into the tight places that a roller can’t quite get (like my hip flexors), makes it a necessity in recovery for me.
Want your own chance to try out the CTM Band? Visit their website and use code CTMBIBRAVE for 20% off. I promise it’s worth it.
Want even more reasons to try out the CTM Band? Check out my fellow BibRave Pros’ reviews: