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Old 06-02-2006, 12:06 PM   #1
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Anyone use "The Stick" or other myfascial devices for warmup and/or recovery?
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Old 06-02-2006, 12:11 PM   #2
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Yes. The Stick and the foam roller are great for warming up the muscles for stretching and activity. Go slowly over the muscle, pause at the hot spots until the pain subsides a bit, then move on. IT bands are a killer, but are helped immensely with consistency.
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Old 06-02-2006, 01:00 PM   #3
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i would caution against doing myofascial release pre-activity - like static stretching, i'd keep to to post training. definitely initiates an inflammatory response, which might be a little dicey pre-training. but aside from that, foam rolling is excellent--i do it every day.
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Old 06-02-2006, 01:01 PM   #4
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PS - PTmart.com has foam rolls for super cheap:

http://www.ptmart.com/category_s/50.htm
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Old 06-02-2006, 06:22 PM   #5
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the foam roller is the best 20 bucks i've probably ever spent...Great for tight IT bands and sore quads
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Old 06-02-2006, 07:46 PM   #6
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The foam rollers are awesome www.fwonline.com dirt cheap. Great for overall release when you can't get a good elbow in to release.
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Old 06-02-2006, 09:05 PM   #7
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How do you use them? The foam rollers. They look like a short pool noodle.
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Old 06-03-2006, 06:25 PM   #8
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Joseph:

Place the roller on the floor and roll on the area that needs release.

The roller is thicker, 6" in diameter if not longer, than a pool noodle about 3ft in length
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Old 06-04-2006, 08:26 AM   #9
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The roller you would want would be 6" diameter and about 3' long.

Here are a couple of people showing some of the self myofascial release techniques using a foam roller:

http://www.performbetter.com/catalog/matriarch/MultiPiecePage.asp_Q_PageID_E_91_ A_PageName_E_ArticleMyofacialRelease

http://www.power-systems.com/news/01_26_06b.aspx.

When I'm being consistent about it, I will often use it after I get up in the morning and just before I go to bed, as my routine. I have tight IT bands (who doesn't), and some sub-scapular issues. It has helped break up the adhesions in the muscles, allowing them to lengthen and utilize all the muscle fibers.
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Old 06-05-2006, 04:11 AM   #10
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Joseph,

Great article that got me to get my foam roller, good stuff.
http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=475832
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