Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Stick

                          A Toothbrush for Muscles



What a great tool this is!

I was so excited to try this Physical Therapy type product called The Stick.  It was recommended to me by our Cross Country team's physical therapist after a recent race when I was really struggling with IT band pain.  I was instantly intrigued by how it worked and was hopeful that it may help my injury.
I can now say that I think it has really helped!  I have been trying to use it everyday, before and after practice, and last week I was able to do my first practice with speed work!  This a product I highly recommend.

Whether you are a runner and/or CrossFitter like I am, Triathlete, Biker, Walker, Swimmer, or whatever type of athlete or "regular" person looking for some muscle therapy, I think The Stick could be a huge benefit to you!

Using The Stick on your muscles helps break up those knots and scar tissue that tends to collect  in certain areas when you push yourself or have an injury.  Try using The Stick...it could really improve your performance in your sport and movement in your daily life!


Want to learn more about The Stick?  Check out some cool information I found on their website.


"About

What is The Stick?

The Stick - the health and fitness benefits are manyThe Stick is a revolutionary device used to segmentally compress and stretch muscle. It is highly effective in the treatment of muscle pain and trigger points.
The Stick provides many benefits. Here are a few of the fitness and health benefits associated with The Stick:

  • Prevent & Predict Muscle Injuries
  • Dramatically improve strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Rapidly prepare muscles for physical activity
  • Disperse the effects of lactic acid following activity
  • Accelerate muscle recovery
What is the Stick Made of, how long will it last?
Stick products are made of a space-age plastic that allow necessary flexibility of the tool and provide maximum compression of the muscles (the Stick contains no rubber or wood). The center rod of the Stick is surrounded by spindles which roll independently over the muscle. The handles provide maximum comfort in the grip. The Stick comes with a 90-day satisfaction guarantee, and a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty against defects. With proper use, The Stick should last a lifetime.
Medical Talk:
The Stick converts non-compliant muscle to compliant muscle by performing what Dr. Travell calls stripping massage. In fact, this noted medical physician relates that, “deep stripping massage of the tender spot in the muscle was generally the treatment of choice for muscular rheumatism (myofascial trigger points) long before the turn of this century, and for fibrositis afterwards.” The Stick allows people to self-perform general as well as segmental therapeutic procedures with a high degree of precision. These procedures remove the barriers to peak physical performance. It is the unassisted rolling, stretching, twisting and compressing of the muscle that diffuses barrier trigger points and converts non-compliant muscle to compliant muscle.
See How it Works for more technical/medical details on how The Stick can help you."-thestick.com
  Stiff Stick
The type of stick that I use is called Stiff Stick.  It is 24-inches long with neat nobs that move back and forth to get the deep massage effect.  I appreciate how sturdy and nice it feels in your hands.  I have loved being able to find those knots and give them a real good working over.

Not only do they offer Stiff Sticks, but they also offer flexible sticks at differing levels for a more lighter massage.  The marathon stick is an example of a stick with more give to it.   Marathon Stick 


"Made popular by world-class distance runners!

Most flexible of all short models. It is for those who prefer light massages.
It contours nicely to the muscle; primarily used on legs ( calf).
LENGTH: 20-inches
TYPE: Flexible
GRIPS: Yellow

Warranty Information

The Stick comes with a 90-day warranty against breakage or manufacturing defects, and a 30-day unconditional guarantee."-thestick.com
Did you notice the warranty?  How many companies offer this...love it! 
  Little Stick 
"Great for Kids!
The Little Stick is the shortest of all Sticks. It is ideal for traveling and perfect for the treatment of calves.
It is highly effective in the management of growing pains and shin splints; light to medium deep massage.
LENGTH: 14-inches
TYPE: Basic
GRIPS: Black"-thestick.com

They even have this great stick for kids!  This would be a perfect tool for the young athlete in your life.  I think it would make a sweet Christmas gift.

In addition to more options of sticks like the ones listed above, The Stick has other great tools to help your posture, feet and even massage your pet!  

This neat company is even offering Free Shipping right now.  That's a deal I always love to take advantage of. Go to the website to learn more: www.thestick.com.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the review Rachel. For best results use The Stick in the morning, before and after every workout, and before you retire to bed. Your muscles have a memory and they will be much happier with you when you use The Stick lightly but frequently. If anyone has any questions, please come to our website www.TheStick.com and we will gladly help you.

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