The stick is one of those items you run into at a marathon registration expo and buy or want to buy. I first saw the stick around 10 years ago at the CIM expo and often wished that I had one. I finally decided to buy one when I was shopping at the Sports Basement a couple of months ago and I love it. I am a triathlete who is always doing some type of physical activity to stay in shape for the summer triathlons. The various workouts always cause something to be sore. It does not help that I am always changing my workout routine in the winter.
I usually use the stick on my legs. When I am massaging the smaller muscles at the bottom of my calves, I use the middle of the stick. When I am on the larger muscles like the quads, I use the edge of the stick to really push into the muscle to relieve the tension. For sore hamstrings I will lie down on my back, place my calf on a chair then roll out the hamstring or I will use the foam roller. It does take some practice to find the sore spot and roll it out properly but it is worth the effort. Take the time to learn how to roll out your sore muscles and you will recover faster and learn where the sore muscles are located. When you find the sore muscles, is it up to you to figure out why they are sore. It helps to do a Google search for muscles of the leg to find out what muscles you hurt. After you figure out what the sore muscles are, you can ask a trainer or do a search on how that muscle works. With practice, it gets easy to differentiate between stress soreness and injury soreness. I don’t recommend practicing how to get injured so stay in the injury prevention phase.
The stick is basically a flexible rolling pin that is made of PVC. I look at thing and marvel at how I move it around on my skin at varying angles and pressures without pinching myself. I have the Marathon Stick at home, it goes for about $32.00 on Amazon. I am thinking about getting the The Stick Little Stick for work. It cost about $24.00 at Amazon.