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The Stick As a Recovery Tool Part 2

6 May

To fully understand muscle recovery whether it is work related, induced by training and/or exercise or even from a medical condition, we first need to discuss muscles as compliant and non-compliant.

We will first start with a discussion of compliant muscle. Muscles that are compliant can be shortened, stretched, compressed and twisted without symptoms of soreness or pain. They will exhibit flexibility, strength, good circulation, and the qualities of endurance.

Let’s switch our focus to the qualities of a non-compliant muscle.  Non-compliant tissue is tight, stiff and tender.  People often refer to this type of sensation as having painful “knots” in their muscles. Their muscles actually feels fibrous instead of long, lean and smooth.  Non-compliant muscles exhibit reduced flexibility, weakness, poor blood circulation and they easily fatigue.  A non-compliant muscle or group of muscles create barriers which restrict peak performance and blood flow.  These, non-compliant muscles are susceptible to injury because they are not functioning properly. In order for the body to perform at optimum levels, muscles must me allowed to expand and contract freely.

The human body contains approximately 690 muscle bellies and tendons. Each muscle has an origin and an insertion.  The rule of thumb is the origin is where the muscle attaches to bone and the least amount of movement takes place.  Whereas the insertion of a muscle is the opposite end of the muscle that attaches to bone where the most movement takes place.  Here is a great website for muscle origins and insertions

Now that we have some basic understanding of compliant and non-compliant muscles, there are some tough questions to answer:

  • Why are some muscles compliant and others are not?
  • Why do specific muscle get stiff during weather changes, yet others appear to be  unaffected?
  • Why do we continually wake up with the same sore, stiff muscle pain in the same place every morning?
  • Why does our back hurt in some positions and not others?
  • Why do our episodes of muscular pain plague us in the same spot?
  • Why does the pain return . . . even after treatment?

The above hypothetical questions all have one common answer. That is… myofascial lesions in the form of barrier trigger points.  Myofascia is the tissue that surrounds all muscles.  I like to describe it like the substance that holds sausages together.  Barrier trigger points are inflexible bands of muscle, usually containing knots. These trigger points (knots) set an artificial ceiling on optimal muscle performance by restricting blood flow to the muscle(s). Muscles need unrestricted blood flow for both high performance and full recovery from muscle activity regardless of the type (athletic, work related or a muscular condition). Simply put, barrier trigger points are usually the primary cause of non-compliant muscles.

Here is where The Stick comes in…

The STICK allows a person to self-administer general as well as segmental therapeutic practices with a great deal of accuracy. By rolling over the muscles with The Stick, muscles become compliant and ready for activity. Due to the bio-mechanical rolling, stretching and compressing of muscle tissue, barrier trigger points become diffused and rehabilitation of non-compliant muscles takes place. Remember that a compliant muscle will perform much better than a non-compliant muscle.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of The Stick as a Recovery Tool.


Another Video About “The Stick”

8 Feb

Here is a video about hoe The Stick can be especially useful for golfers.

Note:  The picture you see is only a graphic of the screen shot of the video.  Please click the video or hit the link under the video to view the clip.



How To Get The Most From The Stick

2 Jan

This post is really part 2 of the post I did on October 20, 2008.  Here are some great tips on using The Stick.

General Tips for Use:

  • Keep muscles relaxed during rollout.
  • Use on skin or through light clothing.
  • The Stick is waterproof and designed to bend without fear of breaking.
  • It is not necessary to hurt the muscle in order to help the muscle.
  • Most effective when used before, during and after periods of activity.
  • For pin-point rollout, slide hands onto spindles.
  • Excessive use may cause muscle soreness.

General Instructions:

  • A typical warm-up for healthy muscle tissue is about 20 progressively deeper passes over each muscle group (about 30 seconds per area).
  • Discomfort or pain is experienced when the spindles locate a bump or tender knot in the muscle – this is known as a trigger point.
  • Muscles containing trigger points are often weak, stiff and sore. They are frequently tight, easily tire and often hurt.
  • Muscles containing chronic trigger points need 20 additional passes over the involved area, and may require attention several times daily.

To fully understand how to use The Stick,visit my Specific Techniques page.  You will find FREE DOWLOADABLE PDF files!

The Stick as a Self-Massage Tool

30 Dec

When it comes to massage therapy, there are many, many types (to name a few):

  • Swedish Massage
  • Tai Massage
  • Aromatherapy Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Sports Massage

Click here to see the 10 Most Popular Types Of Massage Therapy – By About.com

Whatever your reason is for getting a massage is up to you.  I can tell you that The Stick is the the next best thing to human touch.  The big difference is, you do not need to leave the comfort of your own home to have a massage.  It breaks down trigger points (knots) and relieves tight, sore muscles in no time flat.

Now let’s talk about self-massage.  That is treating yourself with massage therapy techniques.  Reader’s Digest.com has a very popular article called Learn the Art of Self-Massage.  The article is filled with tips and tricks for taking care of yourself.  I actually counted over 12 different tools or devices that they suggest to give yourself a massage.  Honestly, all you really need 1 tool – The Stick.

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