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The Stick

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Updated November 02, 2013

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The Bottom Line

If you don't have the time or money for regular massages, using the Stick can provide runners with many of the same benefits, such as increased flexibility and decreased soreness.
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Pros

  • Compact - can fit in most backpacks or gym bags
  • Inexpensive (especially compared to professional massages)
  • Effective as a massage tool, especially on the legs

Cons

  • Some find it tough to use because you must apply pressure for it to be effective
  • Limited use -- can't use for body parts beyond the legs

Description

  • Increases flexibility
  • Accelerates recovery time
  • Reduces muscle soreness, stiffness and pain

Guide Review - The Stick

The Stick is a massage tool made of a space-age plastic that allows necessary flexibility of the tool and provides maximum compression of your muscles. It was specifically designed for runners to help increase flexibility, accelerate recovery time, and reduce muscle soreness, stiffness and pain. Similar to a foam roller, you can roll the Stick on your muscles for a self-massage. The Stick is small enough to fit into a backpack or small suitcase, so you can easily take it along to races. It's particularly effective at loosening up tight leg muscles.

I bought my first Stick several years ago when I had a seriously tight illiotibial band (IT band). I rolled my IT band using the Stick everyday for a week, and it took care of the issue. Since then, anytime I feel a little tightness in my IT band, I roll with the Stick and it loosens right up.

The Stick is best used on the legs, making it perfect for runners. I definitely notice a difference the next day when I use the Stick after a long run. My legs are much less sore and tight than when I don't use the Stick.

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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
The Different Models of Sticks, Member KenZelez

The Stick is a great tool for the entire body. There are many different models that can reach any body part with ease. Depending on your body type, there is a model that will suite your needs. For example, the Stick featured in this article is the Marathon Stick. It is meant for the typical ""marathon"" type body - long and lean muscles. If a person has thicker, more dense muscles, they should probably go with the Original Body Stick or Sprinter Stick. No extra pressure is needed to be applied to these Sticks because they are designed to be more stiff. Basically, the more rigid models are meant to work on heavier muscle types. I have actually used the Stiff Stick on horses! As for reaching different body parts like the back and shoulders, the longer models such as Original Body Stick, Power Stick and Flex Stick would be good choices. I should mention that all the Sticks can be made more stiff by simply sliding a hand along the Stick, much like choking up on a baseball bat. The Stick is an extremely versatile tool because of it's portability and ease of use. You can use it anywhere at anytime!

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