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The Travel Stick has been popularized by the USA Cycling Team . . . It is a favorite model for many athletes during travel.
The Cyclist published an article about alternative ways to improve fitness and athletic performance by repairing (or preventing) the damage caused by heavy training and exercise. In the article, Myofascial Release: Or, “How I learned to love The Stick”, author Michael Troy highlights The Stick’s effectiveness and versatility in performing Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy.
“What I saw demonstrated at the show booth was a more precise and portable way to get the type of massage I was enjoying with the foam roller, but with more versatility. I purchased one [The Stick], brought it home, and basically switched to The Stick over the foam roller for leg massage. I use it after rides and on days I do not ride as part of my evening routine. I sit on the edge of a low foot stool that allows my knee to be bent slightly and my foot to be on the floor. I divide the leg into sections: top and sides of quads (including IT), the hamstrings and back of the thighs, and the calves. I begin with easy pressure and quicker strokes and then move through the zones one at a time with increasing pressure and a slower rolling motion, finally focusing on trigger points. Oh, did I mention I have trigger points? I do and they hurt when I work on them, but it is a good kind of hurt. I have found that I am getting a feel for what works well and what does not. I think The Stick is going to remain an integral part of my training and recovery routine.”
The Stick is a revolutionary medical device to treat muscle pain and trigger points. With proper use, a user of The Stick can dramatically improve: Flexibility, Recovery, Performance, Injury Prevention, Injury Therapy.
Stick products are made of a space-age plastic that will allow necessary flexibility of the tool, providing maximum compression of the muscles. The center rod also has “memory” which will always return to its original position. The center rod is surrounded by spindles which roll over the muscle. The handles provide maximum comfort in the grip. The Stick contains no rubber or wood. The Stick comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. With proper use, The Stick should last a lifetime.
The Stick converts non-compliant muscle to compliant muscle by means of a non-motorized, biomechanical, self-use device composed of a semi-rigid core around which independent spindles freely revolve. The Stick performs what Dr. Travell calls stripping massage. In fact this noted medical physician relates that, “deep stripping massage of the tender spot in the muscle was generally the treatment of choice for muscular rheumatism (myofascial trigger points) long before the turn of this century, and for fibrositis afterwards.”
The Stick allows a working athlete to self-perform general as well as segmental therapeutic procedures with a high degree of precision. These procedures remove the barriers to peak work performance. It is the unassisted rolling, stretching, twisting and compressing of the muscle that diffuses barrier trigger points and converts non-compliant muscle to compliant muscle.