Many people believe that stretching before and after an activity or training session will prevent muscle soreness.
Before we get to far into this topic, it might be a good idea review another post I did titled “Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and The Stick“.
Muscle soreness is a result of microscopic tears to the muscle itself. After vigorous activity, it is not uncommon to have tight, sore muscles. There is a place for stretching and it does help to relieve some of the tightness, but is it effective? Some people say Yes, others say No! As you might guess, this is a hotly debated topic!
Research has stated that stretching after exercise does not help muscle soreness! In fact 10 studies produced very consistent findings. They showed there was minimal or no effect on the muscle soreness experienced between half a day and three days after the physical activity. In other words, the author found that the evidence derived from mainly laboratory-based studies of stretching indicate that muscle stretching does not reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness in young healthy adults. To see the whole article, click here!
It is well known that massage therapy reduces muscle soreness. That is where The Stick comes in! You can massage your muscles anytime and anywhere. NO SPECIAL EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED! You can roll out your muscles sitting in a chair, standing with a leg up, sitting on the ground or even kneeling!
The Stick is the right massage tool to help reduce muscle soreness! Many people refer to The stick as a massage stick.