Those suffering from repetitive stress injuries might be interested in Armaid, a self-administered massage device offered by a small company in Blue Hill, Maine. Here's how it works:
The adjustable strap attaches Armaid to the thigh on the same side as the arm you are massaging. If you are massaging your left arm, attach Armaid on your left thigh.The Armaid device comes with several different roller ball attachments: a firm one for general-purpose deep massage, a soft one for more tender muscles, and a foam roller for particularly sensitive muscle areas. To get a better idea of the device and its uses, take a look at Armaid's Google Video Page.
You can adjust the Armaid to fit different sizes of arms and hands by moving the cam.
The handles are designed for the free hand to regulate the appropriate amount of pressure on the arm being massaged. The amount of pressure is always determined by you.
The cushioned permanent roller gives the arm comfort and support while the therapy attachments do their job.
Armaid has three flexible interchangeable therapy attachments. The center portion of each attachment is the highest point of the arc and will always remain in contact with your muscle. When using Armaid, put your attention on that center ball as you massage your arm.
What impressed me with the trial device I received was the solidity of the plastic parts (clearly designed to last a long time), the ease of understanding its function through excellent documentation, and the simplicity of changing the roller ball attachments. Be sure to watch the video instructions before using the Armaid in order to understand exactly how the therapy works. How Armaid works to treat tendonitis:
It's no secret that Collaborative Piano Blog readers are some of the busiest pianists in the business, and sometimes our muscles get grossly overworked. If you're interested in investing in an Armaid device, Collaborative Piano Blog readers in the United States and Canada have been offered a 15% discount off the regular price of US$99.95 and CDN$110 until September 15. Shipping charges still apply.
Ordering info for the United States:
The Armaid Company
Phone: 1-800-488-5505 or 207-374-9952
Order online at www.armaid.com
Email: contact [at] armaid dot com
The Armaid Company
658 Pleasant Street
Blue Hill, Maine 04614
When ordering in the US, just mention the Collaborative Piano Blog promotion to get your 15% discount.
Ordering info for Canada:
ErgoCanada (Canadian distributor)
Phone: 1-866-335-3746 or 306-382-5995 (ask for Sam or Ruth)
Order online at ErgoCanada's Armaid Page
Email: sales [at] ergocanada dot com
P.O. Box 9022
S7K 7E7 Canada
When ordering in Canada, please include the coupon code PlayOnHealthy for your CPB discount.
A huge thanks goes to Armaid for making this promotion available for the next two months. Hope you're all having a great summer and playing with a healthy technical setup.
As always, your thoughts and comments on injuries, treatment, and the Armaid device are welcome in the comments.