This morning I read a message that Chris Horner (@hornerakg) posted that read “Sitting at home with my friend ‘The Stick’ and watching B-ball on TV.” For those of you who don’t know who or what “The Stick” is, here’s your chance… It’s a very simple hand-held massage tool. I use it every day in my office and it’s used by professional and amateur athletes around the world. It’s popularity among elite athletes can probably be attributed to Jeff Spencer, a Doctor of Chiropractic, who brought it to Team Postal way back in the day. He was the team’s chiropractor through all of Lance’s wins and for Alberto Contador’s win of the Tour de France. Dr. Spencer talks extensively about the health and performance benefits of using The Stick.
So… what’s it is, and what does it do. It’s like a rolling pin for your muscles. While it definitely isn’t a replacement for the skilled hands of a massage therapist, it can help speed recovery by warming up muscles before exercise and carrying away metabolic waste after exercise. A very simple investment of your time can get you back on the bike or running with less muscle stiffness/soreness left over from previous exercise sessions. This can be very handy for those of us who find that we recover slowly or are at risk of over-training. Click for VIDEO.
Buy it from me, get it at a cycling or running shop, buy it online.
Cheers! Dr. Andy