There are a lot of rollers and massagers out there for personal and therapeutic uses. The RollerTek Total Kit-4 kits is designed with interchangeable parts used to create a variety of tension relief tools. Before, I needed to use two different types of rollers, rolling pins, and hard lacrosse balls to do the job of this one extraordinary kit. The RollerTek kit is much more compact and travel-friendly, especially convenient to pack for my next OCR. I also appreciate that they don’t come in pink – I know there are other women out there who resent the “girlie” colors.
As an athletic trainer I use muscle therapy tools on myself and on my clients. Having used many foam and PVC rollers, both smooth and bumpy, The RollerTek is just a little more firm for deep muscle tension and the wheels create a constant deep pressure without losing the trigger points that the bumpy rollers seem to do. It is very effective for post surgery tightness and rehabilitation.
RollerTek Total Kit-4 Features
Interchangeable parts – They can be put together into various therapeutic styles. So the RollerTek RTPro can be used by massage therapists, athletic trainers, chiropractors and physical therapists.
Light weight – And travel friendly in a very sturdy bag. Its easy to use, durable and waterproof. I found that when I was putting it into different configurations I had extra pieces so that i could make new ones not listed in the manual.
Easy to Use Configurations – The types of therapy in the manual include roller therapy, back extensor muscle therapy, pressure point therapy and percussion therapy. the pressure point therapy is fantastic for massage therapists to relieve the pain of a deep knot without wearing out the thumbs.
RollerTek Total Kit-4 Product Usage
Back Extensor Muscle relief
The back extensor muscle therapy tool above is spaced smaller in the gap for closer spine rolling. The one set out in the manual has two foam spacers which is great for shoulder blade work. I used both on the floor and the wall with the wall use having more control since the wheels roll easily.
Seated Roller Therapy
The hard rubber coated end pieces were fantastic on upper back muscle tightness and deep glute pain of the Piriformis, as well as IT band. Before i used a lacrosse ball and i swore by it, but now this little piece is my new favorite.
Hand Held and Floor Roller Therapy
If you are rolling yourself, the kit can be made into a hand held roller for calves and hamstrings, whether 3 or 4 wheels. I found it was a bit hard to get the right tension with the hand held combination behind the leg for hamstring or calf. Far better to sit on the roller on a chair or bench.
Once the product has been rolled on the ball end pieces are very tight and hard to release. I found that the regular ends didn’t have this problem. To make a couple of the tools, like in the picture on their website, the spacer pieces seemed to be too big or too small after adding the extension rod. So play with the parts to find the right fits.
Pressure Point Therapy
After increasing my upper body and pull-up training for the next race I have a hard time stretching my shoulders and delts. The ball end pieces are for pressure point therapy, especially great for shoulders, upper back tension and the best place the painful spot between the side and the outer shoulder blade. It also works great on the Teres major and minor, which is painful but works wonders. I tried out the percussion therapy and found it to be far less effective then the roller and pressure point therapy. I can see the benefits of the sports and fitness therapy using the tool as a light version of a bat or golf club for form rehabilitation and correction.
RollerTek Total Kit-4 Pros and Cons
- light weight
- multiple tools in one
- travel friendly
- difficult to remove ends after use as a roller
- having to take it apart and put back together
- slightly loosens during use as pressure point tool
RollerTek Total Kit-4 Verdict
After my massage therapist and myself used this product on myself and my clients, I will be using this instead of my 2 other rollers and my lacrosse ball. It’s convenient to have an all-in-one tool, and I can leave it in my gym bag. It’s affordable and far better than dishing out $40 to $50 for a special foam roller that takes up space and can’t be taken with me on trips to other races. The RollerTek Total Kit-4 was a great all around tool and you should check it out if you are in the market for a good massage tool.