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Massage sticks: do they work?(9 posts)

Massage sticks: do they work?MKD
Aug 28, 2003 2:16 PM
Which brand and size would you recommend?
You can buy a...coonass
Aug 28, 2003 4:07 PM
small baker's rolling-pin at Wal-mart for about $3..and not have to worry about getting leg hairs caught between the small rings...obviously it can help 'massage' a sore muscle, especially the quads or ITB..
this is what i used after extensive PT last year...JS Haiku Shop
Aug 29, 2003 5:23 AM
$10 for a deluxe wooden rolling pin from Target. add baby oil, roll out the outer quad and ITB area. don't waste your money on marketing hype!
Thx, what is ITB?MKD
Aug 29, 2003 6:05 AM
iliotibial bandJS Haiku Shop
Aug 29, 2003 6:14 AM

runs from your hip to your knee.

by the way, please end your topic lines with "(nm)" when there's no message in the post. saves folks from opening the post to read it, when there's nothing inside.
Thx nm.MKD
Aug 29, 2003 10:03 AM
You can buy a...powergyoza
Aug 29, 2003 9:53 AM
Wooden 1" dowel from home depot, lowe's, etc for less $$ than a rolling pin. Cut it into a 2 or more pieces around 18" long and you'll have 1 for home and 1 for your bike/gym bag. If you want to practice self-applied massage right away, a detachable broomstick works very well too.

Important: self-applied massage with a tennis ball is very useful for muscles at the back and side of your hips - muscles that frequently cause knee pain. Together with the dowel, the tennis ball makes a potent therapeutic device.

Even more important: do not roll it over your muscles. Wear a light pair of PJ's or sweats and push it over your muscles. Hold for at least 1 min over any tender, spasmic or tense spots.
Aug 28, 2003 8:58 PM
Wonderful invention. The stick flexes and the rollers have a ridge on the inside so they tilt to make full contact with the body.

No need for one of the more expensive ones, the cheaper version works just great.
Thx nm.MKD
Aug 28, 2003 10:40 PM