In an age where massage tools have flooded the market, two emerging products pave the way for targeted, at home deep tissue massage - Pso Rite and QL Claw. Both products have primary targets (Psoas and QL respectively), but claim to carry over the deep tissue massage function to a host of muscles. This article is going to share a few similarities and differences between the Pso Rite and QL Claw products.
Pso Rite vs. QL Claw - The Muscle Targets
Pso Rite was the first major product to nail Psoas muscle release. Pso Rite's success paved the way for many Psoas release copycat tools - including Hip Hook, Meat Grinder, and many more. In my opinion, Pso Rite remains the best Psoas muscle release tool of the space.
QL Claw was the first tool designed to specifically target the Quadratus Lumborum (QL) muscle. Prior to QL Claw, QL release was typically performed ineffectively with a lacrosse ball, Pso Rite, or household object. QL Claw remains the only QL release tool on the market.
Psoas and QL are both lower back pain inducing muscles, and both should be paid attention if you have muscle induced lower back pain. You can release each muscle with each tool, but each is better at its target.
Pso Rite vs. QL Claw - Muscle Carryover
Being able to release Psoas and/or QL is nice, but lower back pain is a bigger picture than just 2 muscles. It is actually 5 muscles. This section shows what they are and how effective each tool is at releasing said muscle.
Pso Rite vs. QL Claw - Material
A key differentiating factor between QL Claw and Pso Rite is the material. Pso Rite is made of a hard plastic, and QL Claw is made of a rubbery polyurethane derivate. Both products are incredibly durable, but Pso Rite is more rigid and tougher on muscles. Neither is necessarily better than the other and comes down to personal preference. One more thing: as of writing this post both products are made in the USA.
Pso Rite vs. QL Claw - Size
It can be difficult to tell how big Pso Rite and QL Claw actually are until holding each in your hand. For both products, it is fair to assume each is bigger than you think.
Pso Rite's dimensions are 10.7x5x5.3 inches and weighs in at 1.1lbs.
QL Claw's dimensions are 10x3x3 inches and weighs in at 2.3lbs.
Pso Rite vs. QL Claw - Cost
As of writing this both products ring in at exactly $59.99. QL Claw's price has stayed constant at this number, and Pso Rite tends to fluctuate.
At the end of the day - both productts will help relieve a lot of muscular tension and potentially relieve a lot of pain. Personally I own and use both tools, using Pso Rite for the Psoas muscle and QL Claw for everything else.
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