The PainPill



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  • Machined out of Stainless Steel
  • For the PainPill's smaller brother, the 19lb Boomstick, click here
  • For the 6lb Baby Boomer, click here


Body Tempering, or more commonly known as Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, is a myofascial release (massage) methodology developed by one of the largest and strongest men in the world - Donnie Thompson. Besides being a famous powerlifter and the first human to lift 3,000 pounds total in the squat, bench press, and deadlift, Donnie is also a world-renowned rehab specialist sought-after by countless athletes in different sports and disciplines. Why? Because he came up with a method that allows for the traditional effects of a time-intensive, hands-on deep-tissue massage in a drastically shorter period of time. The link below will take you to a public YouTube playlist that contains educational content on the PainPill/Boomstick and it's use:
This 20m video featuring Coach Brady Cable is a fantastic introduction to Body Tempering.


In this video, Coach Cable discusses and demonstrates self-use techniques for the PainPill and Boomstick.


This new product was developed by our product engineers at Kabuki Strength in conjunction with World Famous Strength Coach, Donnie Thompson. The PainPill is an IASTM, or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization tool and is best used individually or with a teammate to diffuse and break up muscle/adhesive tissue. This highly-anaerobic tool allows for myofascial release to be done in seconds instead of hours. A 44 pound high-grade steel tool; the PainPill is highly effective as a body-tempering roller for the smaller extremities.

"When it comes out of the box you can tell no stone was left unturned and every detail has a purpose. I really like the weight of it and the knurl through the middle is just sharp enough to create shear across the layers of soft tissue without being too aggressive. I like the diameter and the ends do a very nice job of helping you get deep into the shoulders and hips. It is very easily maneuverable for personal use and so far the people I've used it on it has really saved me the overuse of my hands and I can back of the pressure or really lay into them when necessary. As someone who is a practicing chiropractor and a lifter I am always searching for tools that help me address the soft tissue aspects of treatment without creating even more stress on my own body. Top notch."
Travis Jewett, DC
MWOD Seminar Staff
The weight and perfectly contoured ends are designed to optimize use for targeting specific trigger points. The tool can be used alone by yourself, or by a body worker or clinician. There is no better tool for targeting deep tissue and effectively releasing key trigger points in the pectorals, shoulders, subscap, hamstrings and more. 
The knurl isn't just for grip - its mild enough not to cut the skin while still allow it to be twisted - providing a shearing effect to the fascia and muscle tissue.  
The PainPill can be used pre or post workout to prepare the muscle for training or to assist in post-training relief. To defeat hypertonicity, you need the PainPill and Boomstick.
So, what if you could get similar effects to a 30 or 60 minute deep-tissue massage in a much shorter period of time? Sounds gimmicky and too good to be true, right?

It's not.   


So how does it work? Quite simple actually, it's a 44 pound weighted device which allows for pressure to be placed on a specific area via the contoured ends and modulated by either pushing against the implement or resisting it. Additionally the knurled middle part of the implement can also be used to both put pressure against the skin and twisted to provide a shearing effect to the tissue and fascia.


Thousands of our PainPills and Boomsticks have been purchased by athletes around the world - enabling them to spend less time on body maintenance and more time training or competing. We've also seen many massage practitioners implement this tool and technique as a way of increasing both the effectiveness of their work and the amount of work they can do at a given time. 


The best part? You don't have to be an athlete, coach, or massage therapist to use this tool. It's friendly enough to be used by anyone, either on themselves as the subject or on another person. We provide video tutorials displaying the use of the PainPill as well as other resources for proper use of the tool and method. 


Alright then, maybe you're sold on it. But isn't it just a shiny and smooth piece of steel? Why does it cost as much as it does? Unfortunately the cost of raw steel and having it professionally milled is quite steep, if you don't believe us feel free to go to a metal fabricator and ask how much a PainPill would cost as a one-off piece? Let's just say it's going to cost quite a bit more than our price. Besides this, you are not just paying for the tool itself, but the knowledge that comes along with the IASTM method as well as content that we are continuously producing and releasing for our audience and customers. 


Common Uses:

  • IASTM or "Body Tempering" 
  • Targeting Trigger Points with Contoured Ends
  • Shearing of Fascia and Muscle Tissue using soft knurl

Video with Kelly Starrett of MobilityWOD 


Longer Interview with Kelly Starrett on the Boomstick/PainPill


Results like the following video have become "run of the mill" with this product, and we consistently receive the same positive feedback from users as the Boomstick and PainPill finds itself in gyms, clinics, and other facilities around the world.



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  • What are the pros and cons in discussing which one to buy, the boomstick or pain pill? I work on all varieties of athletes from my small Olympic gymnasts and figure skaters to all my large NFL athletes. I want to give this a shot but not sure which to start with.

    Typically we recommend the Boomstick to first-time tempering users, as it is much more friendly to handle and use. It also works more effectively in getting into hard-to reach areas such as the sub-scap and anterior lat insertions, whereas the bigger Pain Pill is more effective for larger muscles like the pecs/quads. 

  • What does the zinc treatment do for the pain pill

    The zinc plating is very thin metal coating that goes over the product, it won’t change the function at all but it will prevent the product from rusting and keep it cosmetically nice for a very long time.

  • Can you manipulate either of these by yourself ?

    Absolutely. There should be a video in the description of both products with a brief synopsis of using them on yourself.

  • Hello, do you guys ship the pain pill/boomstick to Germany? Best regards

    We do!

  • I'm thinking about purchasing Painpill/boomstick. Which one would you recommend if I must use it on myself?

    Absolutely! The Boomstick is much easier to handle and use on one's own self without help, being half the weight of the PainPill. There are many techniques that just can't be done without the help of another person, so keep that in mind and find a super buddy to help! 

  • I currently own a boomstick and was curious the size difference in the painpill. I know it's 22lbs heavier but what are the dimensions?

    The pain pill is a 3 inch diameter and the same length, with the knurling along the same length as the boomstick 

  • I weight at around 195lbs so I usually use a 45lb barbell to perform shearing and soft tissue mobility on quads hams, and around the shoulder pec attachment. The question is, would the boomstick be more useful or the pain pill? I'm involved in crossfit and I'm usually rather tight. Thank you

    The diameter of the painpill makes it better suited for larger muscle groups or larger individuals and is a little too wide to work on some of the smaller musculature of the body (upper back for instance) where as the boomstick is much more versatile 

  • Looking at the boomstick well both actually but problem areas are mostly back areas and wondering if any of the work with these is possible on back areas by yourself? Seen some videos of things done with one person but not for the back.

    It is a little complicated to work on your own back with a Boomstick or PainPill in the same manner as when you have a secondary person to assist.  Usually, we prefer the 'pinning' method where you use an Acumobility Ball underneath your back in the problem area, then apply pressure to the front of your torso in that area with the Boomstick or PainPill.  The pressure from the top, coupled with the Acumobility Ball underneath will help release trigger points, work through adhesions and help release the fascia.  Depending on the location of the area you are working, some movement techniques will help during that process, like reaching slowly overhead, pressing upward like a bench press, rotating your arm internally and externally, etc...  Here are some PainPill and Boomstick videos for all types of techniques for bodywork; 

    PainPill videos

    Boomstick videos 

  • Do you have a carry case for this?

    We have not created a carrying case for the PainPill.

  • Can the pain-pill work on the hip aside from the quadriceps and adductors? I find the weight of the tool can be much more effective in releasing my fascia. I can’t seem to find any videos on hip mobility.

    Yes, all of our soft tissue tools can be used on any of the musculature of the body. If the PainPill is too much, we suggest purchasing a Boomstick or Baby Boomer. The entire line works very well with the IASTM tools different weight ranges for different body parts.  In regard to hip mobility videos, we have a number of them within our subscription based Movement Library.  Here is a link

  • Can I pick up my order?

    Please email with your order info and we can get that arranged for you. 

  • Whats the difference between the pain pill and the boomstick?

    The PainPill is 44 lbs and the Boomstick is 22lbs. The PainPill is also larger in diameter than the Boomstick by about 1 inch. 

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