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What People Say About “The Stick”

14 Apr

I find that testimonials from real people are one of the best ways to review and research a product.  I have been doing a lot of reading about researching products and one of the best ways is to visit forums and blogs.

I found one about The Stick a few months back on the MapMyRun website.  Some comments were:

  • “My son has used one for a couple years. It was recommended by his physical therapist when he was recovering from a IT band injury during his junior year of cross-country. He bought his from http://www.thestick.com and still uses it, although he is no longer running. “

 

  •   “I have been very happy with this purchase.  I had IT pain, and lots of tiredness/soreness on the anterior muscles of the lower leg while training for an ultra.  It was a fantastic way to get the blood flowing in those areas and provide therapeutic massage.  I cannot say for sure, but I feel that it helped me avoid injury during higher mileage weeks. “

 

  • “I purchased one several years ago on the advice of a personal trainer. I love it! It was definitely the best running investment I made. I had intense knee pain due to ITB tightness. When I use it after runs consistently, I never have a problem. Mine has lasted at least 5 years and has kept my ITB very happy. I recommend it to all runners, as it is relatively inexpensive and can be used for a variety of stretching and massaging moves. “

You can find all the testimonials- here

I also have been creating a testimonials page on the Zealous Vitality Website.  It is comprised of  people who I know except for the professional sport testimonials.  I don’t claim that I have spoken to people like:

Phil Jackson, Head Coach – LA Lakers

Bob Anderson, Author of Bestseller…Stretching

Norm Miller, Strength coach – Olympic Bobsled Team

You might also want to check out one of my earlier posts – “Does Anyone Use Those Massage Sticks?”

If you have a testimonial about The Stick or anything on this blog, please feel free to make a comment.

 

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Using “The Stick” for Reducing Muscle Soreness

26 Feb

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.

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The Sprinter Stick

Massage Therapist Video About “The Stick”

11 Feb

Brian Morgan created this video.  He is also a strength and conditioning coach, specializing in 30 minute fat loss and wellness solutions.   It is a good video showing how The Stick is used!

 

I would like to see him, just concentrating on one muscle group at a time.  However, he does state that he is using The Stick for warm-up purposes.  There is also a short clip of him using a tennis ball to roll out the bottom of his feet.  I recommend the Foot Wheel!

Speciality Products Related to The Stick

31 Jan

Here is another video!!

These are the Speciality Items related to The Stick.  They are FANTASTIC!

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and The Stick

7 Jan

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS is the fancy name to why your muscles hurt so much after a workout or training session.  There have been many suggestions to why this happens.  Some theories include:

  • The muscle itself has been damaged and therefore is sore.  Microscopic tears and lesions form throughout the muscle.
  • Muscle soreness is the natural occurrence after a particular bout of exercise that has a high intensity or duration.
  • Muscles need to be broken down and recover in order to get bigger and stronger.
  • Muscle soreness and stiffness after exercise is most common when an exercise/training program has been implemented or altered.

Needless to say, I think anyone who has experienced a tough training session can expect some soreness over the next 24 -48 hours.  The key question is how to alleviate that muscle pain!!  The Stick can help.  I know this because new research out of Australia has suggested that simply stretching out the next day is not very effective at all.  Here are some ideas from Elizabeth Quinn who is a sports medicine expert: (I Have placed “The Stick”beside the tips that apply to using this great massage tool.)

Here are some tips for dealing with soreness after exercise:

  • Try an Ice Bath or Contrast Water Bath. Although no clear evidence proves they are effective, many pro athletes use them and claim they work to reduce soreness.
  • Use active recovery techniques. This strategy does have some support in the research. Perform some easy low-impact aerobic exercise to increase blood flow “The Stick”. This may help diminish muscle soreness.
  • Use the RICE method of treating injuries. Rest,Ice,Compression,Elevation
  • Although research doesn’t find gentle stretching reduces soreness, some people find it simply feels good.
  • Gently massage the affected muscles. Some research has found that massage was effective in alleviating DOMS by approximately 30% and reducing swelling, but it had no effects on muscle function. “The Stick”
  • Try using a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (aspirin or ibuprofen) to reduce the soreness temporarily, though they won’t actually speed healing.
  • There is some evidence that performing Yoga may reduce DOMS.
  • Avoid any vigorous activity that increases pain. “The Stick”
  • Allow the soreness to subside thoroughly before performing any vigorous exercise.
  • Don’t forget to warm up completely before your next exercise session. There is some research that supports that a warm-up performed immediately prior to unaccustomed eccentric exercise produces small reductions in delayed-onset muscle soreness (but cool-down performed after exercise does not). “The Stick”
  • If your pain persists longer than about 7 days or increases despite these measures, consult your physician.
  • Learn something from the experience! Use prevention first. 

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – Prevention
While DOMS is common and annoying, it is not a necessary part of exercise. There are many things you can do to prevent, avoid and shorten the duration of DOMS:

  • Warm up thoroughly before activity and cool down completely afterward. “The Stick”
  • Cool Down with gentle stretching after exercise. “The Stick”
  • Follow the Ten Percent Rule. When beginning a new activity start gradually and build up your time and intensity no more than ten percent per week.
  • Start a new weight lifting routine with light weights and high reps (10-12) and gradually increase the amount you lift over several weeks.
  • Avoid making sudden major changes in the type of exercise you do.
  • Avoid making sudden major changes in the amount of time that you exercise.

As you can see “The Stick” can be instrumental in reducing muscle soreness.

To read the full article from Elizabeth Quinn click here.

Using The Stick in Cold Weather

1 Jan

Since I live in an area in Alberta, Canada where there has been a substantial amount of snowfall and cold weather this year, I decided to experiment a little with The Stick as a warm-up and cool-down tool in cold weather.  Here are some relevant Stick tips.

Here is what we know already about The Stick as a warm-up/cool-down tool:

  • A typical warm-up for healthy muscle tissue is about 20 progressively deeper passes over each muscle group (about 30 seconds per area).
  • By warming up muscles for exercise, the muscles are becoming stimulated and ready to perform by increasing the blood flow to that muscle group.
  • A typical cool-down for healthy muscle tissue is about 20 progressively deeper passes over each muscle group (about 30 seconds per area).
  • By cooling down muscles after exercise, muscles are permitted to slowly return to their resting state and blood pooling will be reduced.  Soreness and stiffness can be diminished with a proper cool-down, leading to  increased recovery for the next time training takes place.  Never mind allowing your heart to recover.

Here is what I have been doing:

  1. Rolling over my legs (one leg @ a time) in my house, starting with quads, then hamstrings, then calves.
  2. Switching legs
  3. Lower back/Upper Back
  4. A little on the arms.
  5. Going out for a run in the cold/snow.
  6. Light stretching on thet front step of my house.
  7. Repeating steps 1-4 in my house.
  8. Stretching my lower back with the Posture Curve!

My findings have been very impressive.  I feel fantastic!  Due to the fact that I warm-up with The Stick, my muscles are prepared for exercise without expending energy.  This is a real benefit since the cold and snow already zap a lot of energy to begin with.  I can start my run right away without spending extra time outside “warming-up”.  My muscles are primed and ready to go.

You may notice that when you do exercise outside that your muscles due become stiff and cold even though you are exercising.  This is really apparent when your done your workout.  Typically your legs are a little cold and stiff.  This is where The Stick is even more impressive.  By rolling over your muscles, you actually are speeding up circulation by bringing blood flow to the area you are rolling.  Your legs actually warm-up a little at the same time you are flushing out the lactic acid that has built up from your training session.

Needless to say, The Stick is amazing!!

P.S.- My wife, who is the real runner, loves using The Stick too!!

P.S.S – These same results will work for your pets and horses!!

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