Do you suffer from tired and achy muscles? Do you notice “knots” in your muscles? Do you feel that no matter how often you stretch you never feel loose?
“Normal muscles do not contain trigger points. Normal muscles have no taut bands of muscle fibers, are not tender to firm palpation, …. and do not refer pain in response to applied pressure.” Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, Janet G. Travell, MD & David G. Simons, MD.
These contracted bundles of muscles, or “knots in the muscle” restrict blood flow and this restriction in blood flow, especially following exercise, hinders muscle growth, muscle repair, and glycogen repletion. There are many ways that one can address this problem whether it be through massage, stretching, or some sort of heat treatment. One of the techniques that can be utilized and done independently involves the use of the Intracell Stick ™. The Intracell Stick ™ is a nonmotorized device that is composed of a semi-rigid core around which independent 1 inch spindles freely spin. It is used by rolling it on any tight muscle so that it can relax and recover. The Stick ™ is great for all ages and all body types. It can be used by athletes or those less active. It is also great for travel, especially during the busy vacation season.
If you are looking for an Intracell Stick ™, we carry them at our office in either location. Speak with one of our providers or therapist on instructions.
-Written by Danna Carver, DPT