Gear for Jan. 23

Soft body roller

THE SITUATION: Chronic or occasional aches and pains can ravage your workout routine and your overall sense of well-being. While professional massages might provide some relief, they can also be costly and time-consuming.

A SOLUTION: For those seeking a treatment they can do themselves at home, the MELT method, a program developed by a manual therapist to help people treat their own pain, may be worth a try — and its soft body roller is a good starting point.

Made from a latex-free material, it has a specially designed softness and texture that help simulate manual therapy treatments to offer a range of benefits such as reduced inflammation and improved core stability.

While incorporating the MELT method book (not included; often sold where books are sold) is recommended to guide you in proper usage, this roller is great for simple muscle-rolling techniques as well.

THE DETAILS: The roller is 36 inches long and 5 inches across. A larger diameter than many other rollers on the market, it gives your body extra support where it’s needed.

PRICE: $69.99.

AVAILABILITY: To purchase the roller, find a list of retailers or to learn more about the MELT method, visit meltmethod.com.

Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, Tribune News Service