Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Stick ( and the Pin): Ways to Soothe Those Muscles


I was looking for something that would help get some kinks out and loosen my muscles for after my runs. Now I am a big fan of the foam roller, but that is not very portable nor suitable for traveling. When I was at this year’s Walt Disney World Marathon Expo, I discovered "The Stick." The Stick is like small plastic rings that rotate when you roll it on your body.  They come in a variety of sizes, but I got the medium one because it is large enough to reach all places yet small enough to fit in a carry- on bag if you are traveling. 
 

 
 
 According to The Stick, Here are a few of the benefits of using it.

-The Stick rolls knots out of muscle, providing myofascial release and trigger point therapy.

- This therapeutic procedure inactivates trigger points, warms muscles, increases circulation and blood flow

-It relieves pain, increases range of motion, promotes flexibility, and accelerates recovery

You can go as deep into the muscles as you are comfortable. The harder you roll, the deeper into the muscles you will feel it. It does come with a guide that shows what moves to get to certain pressure points. You'd be surprised how much you can do with The Stick opposed to just foam rolling the common arm and leg areas. If you really want to see how much the stick can do, go to an expo and they will show you all the moves that can be performed with it. It basically sells itself. I was sold the first time I used the product!
Those of you who are going the Disneyland Half Marathon real soon might want to make a plan to stop by this booth and try out The Stick!
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you are hesitant about buying The Stick, a fellow runner has informed me that you can use a rolling pin!  That’s right a regular old rolling pin that can be found in the kitchen.  Check it out and see how it works!
 

Have you ever used The Stick? If so what did you think of it?

~L  

 

 

 

10 comments:

  1. I have a stick, and it's great for travel... though speaking from experience, expect TSA to want to look at it if it's in your carry-on.

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    1. Haven't encountered a problem with TSA yet! Still not quite sure why they think the stick might be a problem. I may have to check that out!

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  2. I love my stick, but I usually travel with a travel-sized foam roller. I've had a friend have her stick taken from her in her carry-on, so I don't like to risk it!

    I have heard of the rolling pin working, too! And also, some hardcore people I know roll on PVC pipe. haha!

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  3. I have one... really like it actually for my quads & shins, but not handy in a lot of other places. I've learned I like a foam roller more. It gets deeper to me & works the gluts better & back area. But its handy to carry with you or throw in a bag for a race.

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    1. I haven't come across a foam size roller yet! May have to check that out too!

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  4. Funny that we both wrote about the wonders of the Stick this week! Good luck on your race!

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    1. Great minds think a like! I'll have to go check out your post too. After we posted this I did see yet another person wrote something about the stick too. Must be that time of year that our muscles are all staring to ache!!

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    1. Hopefully you can find a booth at an upcoming expo and you can try it for free before you buy it! In the meantime, try the rolling pin method!

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  6. I LOVE the stick! The only place I cant use it is arms and back. I use it on my neck and legs! I have found that yoga and decreased my need for it on my calves already!

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