Have you seen or tried out “The Stick” yet, when you have tender muscles from a workout? It is a great tool, that we keep stocked in our clinic as it is very popular for athletes of all levels. With the help of our Certified Massage Therapist, Thomas DuBois, we have the 4-1-1 on using a “The Stick” to work out your muscle soreness.
The Stick might resemble to some a bike handlebar with two handles, but along the center there are large beads that roll on the center of the bar. There are two sizes of the stick available. The larger one being a better size for reaching areas of the back.
Like the foam roller, the roller stick is best used to work on larger muscle groups such as hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, lower back muscles, forearms and the area where the shoulder meets the neck. The Stick makes a great substitute for the foam roller if you happen to be traveling, as it will fit easily within any luggage.
Much like the lacrosse ball and foam roller, ease into the deep tissues. Don’t force the pressure too soon. Allow your tissue to relax with lighter pressure before you really bear down. Once you do bear down, don’t be afraid to break the stick. It is very flexible and made to bend and conform to your contours. Find those tender spots and apply pressure for thirty seconds or until the tenderness decreases. Whichever comes first.
If you haven’t tried The Stick yet, be sure to ask one of our doctors, personal trainers, or massage therapists, how you can use it on a sore muscle group. We have spares around the clinic to demonstrate. If you like it, we keep them in stock at the front desk!