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Old 11-06-2005, 12:28 PM   #1
Andrew Bair
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As a frequent user of Crossfit (but a brand new poster) I'd just like to say thank you to all of the people that make Crossfit work. You've provided me with a ton of great workouts and helped me get closer to attaining my goals and for that I thank you.

But on to the discussion. For the last couple weeks I've been trying to get rid of a case (of what I think is) achilles tendonitis. In my rehab research I came across mention of The Stick. I know that the science behind the product is sound (I've been applying the techniques to my tendon and I think its helping), but the product seems like a waste of money. Wouldn't a broomstick be just as good? Is there something about The Stick that a broomstick couldn't do, therefore justifying the $50 price? I'm interested in purchasing it, but right now I just can't justify spending that much money on something I could easily make on my own. Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:02 PM   #2
Kenneth Urakawa
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Self-myofascial release (SMR). You can get the same effect using a variety of things: foam rollers, soft/tennis/golf balls, etc. Never used a broomstick, but it would probably be similar, it just wouldn't rotate as you roll. I've used beer bottles and soda cans as well.
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Old 11-06-2005, 08:52 PM   #3
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For the achilles, some good cream and your hand. You can easily perform SMR with your hand by massaging the achilles. You could also lay a baseball bat on the floor and roll your achilles over the bat. However, again, a hand massage should do the job.
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Old 11-06-2005, 09:35 PM   #4
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I use a big piece of 2" diameter PVC pipe that was left over from making my lamented parallettes.

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Old 11-07-2005, 05:02 AM   #5
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You can massage your calves by grinding each one up and down on the opposite knee.
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Old 11-07-2005, 10:39 AM   #6
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Use a broom stick inside a piece of PVC pipe so the PVC will roll.
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Old 11-07-2005, 04:39 PM   #7
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I own the Stick. It's useful for muscle massage but doesn't work well for something like Achilles tendon - the contact area is too small to properly engage the rollers. You'll find some of the other suggestions given here superior.
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