Disclaimer: I received a CTM Band to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!"
You may have already watched my YouTube Video from my earlier blog post on the CTM Band. I wanted to provide an update after several weeks of using the band.
One month later, I am still really pleased with the band. I primarily am using it on my calves, paired with the JasYoga Calf Reset exercises as indicated in my initial post.
I have also used it on my hamstrings a few times when they felt tired or tight. When my back was sore, I actually laid on top of the band, aligned with the sore muscles of my back. (Side note - my husband has actually used it in this way as well). This is totally an "off-label" use of the band, but it still really was helpful!
"CTM" stands for compression, tension and movement which are three critical components of myofascial release, as backed by research studies. Myofascial release is the goal of many many tools out there (think foam rollers, etc) and the CTM band is the only tool that allows you to achieve all three of the critical components. It was designed by a practicing sports chiropractor, Dr. Kyle Bowling. In my experience, the CTM band definitely provides more relief, in a shorter amount of time, than other tools that are designed to offer myofascial release that I have purchased.
One of my favorite aspects of the band is the website, which has short, very helpful instructional videos showing you how to use the band for targeted areas of the body. Here is an example:
Additionally, Dr. Bowling is available for questions via email. I really appreciate good customer service, and supporting the launch of independent products so this was a fun BibRave Pro campaign to be a part of.
My use of the band was preventive in nature, meaning I currently do not have any injuries or problem spots. My calves definitely have appreciated the extra attention they have gotten with the band and I haven't had as much tightness, soreness or weird middle-of-the-night calf cramps since using it.
Here are some reviews by other BibRave Pros and the body parts they used the CTM Band on:
Lindsey - shins, calves, hamstrings
Mary Jo - hamstrings
Jessica R - hamstrings, quads, calves, IT attachment near the knee
Danielle F - foot, calves
Amanda W - quads, IT band
The CTM Band is $40 but you can use code CTMBIBRAVE for 20% off! Let me know what you think!