In the ongoing saga of tight calves and the foot problems they have caused, I have used several tools and tricks:
- Stretching my already injured parts made things worse.
- My plantar fasciitis night splints loosened things up enough for some temporary relief. I would recommend them to anyone with a long-term case of PF.
- Rolling my foot across cold golf balls or frozen water bottles also offered temporary relief.
The one that really made the break-through and led to long-term healing, however, was “The Stick.” This tool was recommended several times by my cousin who works in the field of therapeutic massage and sports medicine. At first I resisted the notion that such a simple device could make a difference. After all, it just looks like a few pieces of plastic tubing and a stick with handles. After going through the list of tools and methods above, however, I was desperate!
I finally heeded my cousin’s advice and ordered The Stick from Amazon.com. My Stick arrived in less than a week. When it arrived I was both excited and disappointed. It was smaller than I had imagined and it really did look like another fad piece of health equipment.
Wow! Was I wrong! There were not many instructions given, a sentence or two of specifics, just one warning, and a lot of suggestions via pictures. Still, I had shelled out my $30, so it was time to try it. After I rolled my tense, sore calves for about 45 seconds I could already feel it working its magic. The Stick became my companion for the next week. I rolled my calves when I first got up out fo bed, before and after a workout, and right before going to sleep at night.
I still carry tension in my calves as I always have, but The Stick helps me roll a lot of that tension away. It is also great on cramps. I saw one on television the other day during a college football game. A trainer was working on the hamstring of the quarterback using The Stick. I may not be an elite athlete, but I treat myself like one.
As for my plantar fasciitis, it is fading away and almost gone. I attribute this to my ongoing use of The Stick Rolling Massager.
Happy Calves = Happier Feet
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