For the past several months, I have been using a couple ingenious massagers created by Addaday. While the massaging stick popularized by the company The Stick has been around for years with a its very popular product, Addaday has taken the concept and improved on it.
I am currently using two of their products, the Type C Massage Stick and the Junior+ Massage Roller. I’d be hard pressed to say which one I like better. Honestly, I favor one over the other and then change my mind frequently.
The Type C Massage Stick is brilliant in its design. There are a series of “Gears” with one being “pinpoint precision”. The gears have different densities of surface to simulate different pressures. The Type C has “Surface Skin Technology (SST)” and is considered medium density. I find it to be a good amount of pressure when I use it. I especially like the pinpoint precision gear. With its placement along with adjacent gears, I really feel like I can comb along the muscles. I actually prefer using the device over the foam roller.
Between the larger gears and the pinpoints, I am able to shift back and forth to target specific problem areas. This is the first device I have been able to use on my shins. I found this to be possible because of the spacing between the gears. When using a traditional massage stick, I hit bone very frequently and it is too painful to proceed. And while using the Foam Roller, often, I can’t get enough precision. The Addaday really allows me to target specific areas effectively.
One of the most common places I used the Type C Massage stick is at work. I find that it works really well over my slacks or khakis. It doesn’t pull hair per se on my legs, but I find it more comfortable over material.
The other Junior+ Massage Roller is almost always with me. I keep in in my bag with electronics and also take it to races. It is so small that it is truly portable. I find that it can almost completely replace the lacrosse ball for hard to reach spots and it doesn’t roll away.
Also using the combination of the Type C stick and Junior Plus roller gives me nearly all the options for pressure density with the stick being of medium density and the Junior Plus being softer. I really can’t recommend these highly enough. Addaday also makes it a point of trying to support local running stores, so please check their site to see which stores near you carry them at http://www.addaday.com/.