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Old 06-25-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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Foam Roller vs. "The Stick"

Is one or the other significantly superior in their effectiveness for myofascial release? Most of what I have read talks about foam rolling various body parts but I've seen little mention of "the stick" for that. I have both and find "The Stick" a lot easier to use on my calves, hamstrings and adductors.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:10 PM   #2
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Re: Foam Roller vs. "The Stick"

I think the stick is less aggressive by and large and of course easier to bring with you. Roller better for the spine and more aggressive in the legs,in my opinion.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:18 PM   #3
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Re: Foam Roller vs. "The Stick"

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Old 06-27-2013, 07:26 PM   #4
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Re: Foam Roller vs. "The Stick"

The stick is good on the legs and having a partner or using it on your arms.

A foam roller can hit everything but tends to be softer.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:57 AM   #5
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Re: Foam Roller vs. "The Stick"

If you want a harder "foam" roller, you can get a PVC pipe, and glue a yoga mat to it. The box I go to has some of these. They're pretty painful if you haven't been rolling in a while.
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:56 PM   #6
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Re: Foam Roller vs. "The Stick"

I really like the stick for my legs. And then foam roller or lacrosse ball for everything else.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:05 PM   #7
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Re: Foam Roller vs. "The Stick"

Personally I like my hands the best. For one I get the feel of the muscle and any abnormalities. I can focus on a much smaller area and move it in any direction. And do active release if neccessary. Plus, a lot of the adhesions are in the creases of the muscle group and it's hard for either flat device to work to hit that area with equal force as more elevated areas, IMO.

But for general maintenance I guess either one is ok. Bodyweight or less on the foam roller usually gets in deep enough for that.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:13 PM   #8
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Re: Foam Roller vs. "The Stick"

Foam roller - good for cracking my back. Light SMR for the most part compared to smaller tools.

While hands on is great, it's nice to have tools to send an athlete to go work on themselves.

1. This protects you the coach, especially in gymnastics.

2. This uses your time better so you can be spotting higher level skills instead of just giving them busy work. I'm sure something similar could be said for other sports.

It's just easier to you use a tool in some cases that your hands. Also, you can ask many masseuses to the issues that their hands and body get tired over time.
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Re: Foam Roller vs. "The Stick"

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Foam roller - good for cracking my back. Light SMR for the most part compared to smaller tools.

While hands on is great, it's nice to have tools to send an athlete to go work on themselves.

1. This protects you the coach, especially in gymnastics.

2. This uses your time better so you can be spotting higher level skills instead of just giving them busy work. I'm sure something similar could be said for other sports.

It's just easier to you use a tool in some cases that your hands. Also, you can ask many masseuses to the issues that their hands and body get tired over time.
Ditto on the back. I enjoy it and use it to adjust my SI joint especially.

Self-massage can get most of the major muscles. It takes more time but has more sensitivity and can find and work things out better than tools, in my experience. Used to get massage and chiro but find this works as well over the long term... agree it would be too much to do on many other people.

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Old 07-07-2013, 06:39 PM   #10
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Re: Foam Roller vs. "The Stick"

How do you adjust your SI joint with it? Put it between your legs and squeeze?
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