Often after a lot of track repeats or a hard tempo run, I am bugging my husband and kids to rub my back or have my daughter use her boney elbows to hit pressure points. I’ve tried knobby foam rollers and massage balls, yet haven’t had much luck relieving any tightness in those deep, hard-to-reach spots. When I tested out the Addaday Knot Bad self-massage tool, I was excited to find that the small nodes along the stem were able to reach the knots in my back that the other tools couldn’t.
Easy to Use
I found the lightweight, ergonomically shaped hook—its looks akin to a shepherd’s staff or plant hanger—very intuitive to use. I was able to target tight and sore areas all over my body. I often used the Knot Bad while sitting at my desk after a lunch run, resting the curved end on my shoulder and kneading the node along my shoulder blades and neck. Though it did earn me a few odd stares from coworkers, it was worth the double-takes. I was also able to apply the curved end to the arches of my feet without having to bend down, straining my back—and the 2-foot Knot Bad is much harder to misplace than a tennis ball. The grips along the stem provide leverage so you don’t have to work too hard to get good pressure, while the nodes work like a masseuse’s thumbs on my calves. There isn’t a tight muscle on my body that this tool couldn’t reach.
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An alternative to the Knot Bad is GoFit’s Muscle Hook, which is also priced at $30. Some runners may prefer GoFit’s version, as it has a smaller hook. However, I preferred the Knot Bad for its sleeker body and smaller nodes that can massage even deeper into knotty patches.
Why You Knead It
The design and size of the Knot Bad make it seem rather clunky, but it’s actually thin, lightweight, and fits into small spaces relatively easily. You can use the hook whether you are sitting, standing, or lying down. It may not have the intensity of a vibration device like the Hyperice Hypervolt, but it won’t disturb others around you.
At the end of a long day or run, it’s nice to just sit with the Knot Bad and press the nodes gently—but firmly—into my weary muscles. I may get offbeat comments about using a plant holder to massage my back, but they’re usually followed by requests to borrow it. And I’ll be more than happy to share the Knot Bad. Eventually.