Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Stick

I just bought the coolest tool for tight muscles!!! It's called The Stick. In my last post, I explained a bit about hypertonic muscles, where some of my muscles are so tight that they limit mobility. My hypertonic muscles are in my neck, my calves, and my hamstrings. I can still touch the floor despite very tight calves and hamstrings though!

In PT a while back, I was introduced to The Stick to help calm the hypertonic muscles in my leg that limit mobility in a bad way. I was hooked but didn't get to use it again after that. Then my PT used the Stick again last week to help relax my trapezius muscles and their nasty trigger points. (BTW, a great book on trigger points that you can use at home is called The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook) I don't typically buy something like this unless I feel a true difference with it and I've wanted it for a long time, so I got it the other day. I worked on my legs for a while (20 light rolls per segment) on Sunday and felt some relief. However, I also seem to have overworked an area behind my right knee! It feels bruised but there isn't one. Seems I rolled over some nasty points on a tendon or ligament. Felt painfully good at the time I worked on it, but now I know to take it easy! Can't figure out how to work on my traps muscles without help though. I'm hoping that consistent work on my legs at home will help with some of the puffiness and venous insufficiency/blood pooling issues I have from squishy tissues. Get some qi moving!


  1. I have to try this stick thing. Thank you so much for the link to the massager....I am definitely getting it. I need one asap. Keep up the good fight and keep us posted on your progress.

  2. Thanks CC! I loooove the stick. Even just light pressure rolling across the top of my shoulder helps, so you don't have to go all out to get some benefit.

    Another good one is called the theracane. I haven't used the theracane myself but some EDSers swear by it for reaching those places we can't always get to. It looks better to me than the back knobber.