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The 10 Best Muscle Roller Sticks

When it comes to workout recovery tools, it feels like foam rollers get all the glory. But there's another tool worthy of any athlete's attention: muscle roller sticks. Muscle roller sticks are exactly what they sound like. They're rods that you use...


The 10 Best Muscle Roller Sticks

Published On: February 21, 2019 01:40:10 AM

When it comes to workout recovery tools, it feels like foam rollers get all the glory. But there's another tool worthy of any athlete's attention: muscle roller sticks. Muscle roller sticks are exactly what they sound like. They're rods that you use to roll out tense muscles, and come in a variety of lengths and materials. Some muscle roller sticks even feature ridges to better target deep muscle tissue. Both muscle roller sticks and foam rollers offer a means of self-myofascial release, but the key difference between the two methods is the way you apply the pressure. Foam rollers use your own body weight to roll out tight spots, while you use your hands to apply the pressure with a muscle roller stick. By using either option post-workout, you can increase joint range of motion in the short-term. That can help minimize the muscle soreness that usually follows a tough workout, says Jennifer Gallinaro, D.P.T., a physical therapist at the NYU Langone Sports Performance Center. Unsurprisingly, minimizing muscle soreness in the short-term will only boost workout performance over the long-term: "If you have less pain and soreness the days after an intense workout, you can get to your previous level of workout a little bit sooner," Gallinaro says. You might find it easier to use a foam roller for larger muscle groups like your quads, glutes and hamstrings, and a muscle roller stick for smaller muscle groups like calves, or any spots that are giving you trouble. Or, if you're traveling and need a portable recovery tool, a muscle roller stick will probably fit better in your bag than a clunky foam roller. When using a muscle roller stick, be sure to apply lighter pressure -- at least to start. You can deepen the pressure once you've gotten the hang of it. "You might feel some discomfort, but it shouldn't be painful," Gallinaro says. And avoid rolling the stick over bony areas (ouch!). Ready to add a muscle roller stick to your arsenal of recovery tools? We've rounded up 10 of our favorites for you to try.

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