To get back full muscle range of motion, it’s the type and intention of the therapy TECHNIQUE that is useful, not the type of massage therapy TOOL you use. The technique is the most important thing to remember. And the bottom line is that full range of motion is not regained simply through rolling or hammer-bonking on your muscles.
To get specific, let’s briefly compare two currently popular therapy techniques and associated tools: Percussive and Myofascial Release.
If you are a massage therapist, your arms and your hands are your primary tools and they must be treated as such. But this can be hard to remember when you are busy running your practice! How ironic it is that ridding your clients of muscle pain and restriction can be the very thing that brings your own career to a painful halt.
I personally neglected my own needs until I developed severe tendinitis in my own arms, wrists and elbows and had to stop working. (The upside to that was that it prompted me to invent Armaid, a leverage tool to easily apply, in my opinion, the world’s greatest therapy technique to yourself.)
We are in charge and happy to be in charge when we tap into what works for each of us and can put a name to our new ways. That's our personal journey. Good luck and perseverance to us all.