Sizes: 10”, 6” and 4”
How obtained: Company sample
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A Better Mouse Trap: Massage Roller Does More than Relieve Sore Muscles
As an avid viewer of Shark Tank, I’m always looking for products that would pique the interest of RBR readers. One product that caught my attention was Chirp, which aired in 2017. Intrigued by its unique design, I reached out to the company multiple times to inquire about testing their recovery massage wheels. After some persistence, I finally got my hands on samples about a month ago.
So, what made me so fascinated by Chirp? It was their groundbreaking design! Unlike traditional flat foam rollers, Chirp was one of the first companies to incorporate a channel down the middle designed to alleviate pressure on the spine. Back in 2017, this concept was revolutionary, but now, many companies are following suit and incorporating similar features to ensure a more comfortable rolling experience while avoiding spinal pressure.
Relief Comes in Different Sizes
The Chirp Wheel XR comes in a 3-pack bundle with a 10”, 6”, and 4” wheel, each designed to apply different pressure levels using unique massage textures. The wheels target pressure on muscles surrounding the spine. Thus, it loosens, stretches, and improves joint and muscle flexibility.
Each wheel uses the Spinal Canal design to protect against harmful pressure and injury, allowing for a safe deep tissue massage. The wheels are 5” wide, fitting perfectly between the shoulder blades.
The bundle I tested included:
- The 10” acupressure massage wheel tractions the spine while massaging the muscles around the spine.
- The 6” wheel uses a knot-kneading thumb massage pattern for a deeper massage. It also works well to massage tight calve muscles.
- Their 4” wheel is specifically designed to relieve neck tension by applying pressure at the base of the skull. Two pressure points ease tension in the neck and shoulders when pressed.
Relieve Tension and Sore Muscles
As I approach 5,000 miles for the year, it’s no surprise that I often experience sore leg muscles. Additionally, spending long hours at a computer leads to a compressed spine and stiff neck, shoulders, and back. Using the 10” and 6”, I rolled out my back and calves, feeling immediate relief. The node pattern can be a little intense initially, but I quickly felt the tension release from my muscles.
I wasn’t surprised by the relief I got from using the 4” neck wheel. Over 30 years ago, I herniated a disk in my neck. To relieve the pain, the physical therapist suggested putting two tennis balls in a sock and lying with each ball positioned on pressure points at the base of the skull. It was incredible how simply putting pressure on these two points released my neck and shoulder tension. The Chirp 4” wheel provides the same tension release. It’s much simpler and applies better, more consistent pressure than the two tennis balls. The company also states the wheel also provides relief from headaches. I rarely get headaches, so I’ll take their word for it.
What about the Glutes and Legs?
The Chirp wheels are specifically designed to target the neck and back. However, according to the company’s website, the 6” and 10” wheels can also be used to massage glutes, hamstrings, and calves. The 6” wheel was great for my calves, but it was challenging to balance on the narrow wheel to roll my legs above the knee.
If you plan to use the Chirp wheels when traveling, weight and packability can be a consideration. The Chirp wheels are heavier and bulkier compared to the typical foam roller. An optional travel case with a shoulder strap is available for $27.99.
Since appearing on Shark Tank in 2017, Chirp has continued to innovate. Discover the transformative power of Chirp’s massage wheels, the new Wheel XR. The new bundle provides relief from neck and back tension and sore muscles. The Spinal Canal design protects against harmful pressure, unlike typical foam rollers.
This product bundle is an excellent addition to your arsenal to help improve on-the-bike performance and relieve sore muscles. Say goodbye to discomfort and hello to a more relaxed and rejuvenated body.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women’s cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri’s full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.