A sampling of testimonials and quotes we have received for The Stick can be found below.
If you would like to include your testimonial, please use the “Comment” section at the bottom of this page – thanks!
“The Stick is used as a training tool by athletes at the US Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs CO, Lake Placid NY, Marquette MI and Chula Vista CA.”
Statement approved by the US Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Division – July 2004
“I would recommend The Stick to all athletes.” – Phil Jackson, Head Coach – LA Lakers
“The Stick is the only body tool I have ever recommended for use on the calf of an elite athlete.” – Bob Anderson, Author of Bestseller…Stretching
“Our athletes use The Stick to get the most out of their training, prevent injury and optimize their performance. You should too.” - Loren Seagrave, Sprint and Hurdle Events, IAAF Level II World Coaching – Education Program
“This simple Stick concept will change the future of sports by allowing the athlete to train harder and more frequently.” – Norm Miller, Strength coach – Olympic Bobsled Team
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I met someone who was using the stick at a basketball officials camp a few years ago, ended up ordering the big and the travel, and haven’t been able to put it down since. I don’t leave home without one or the other. I took the big stick home to visit my now 92 year old grandmother, showed her how to use it, and I ended up leaving it with her. She absolutely loves it and uses it often. Thanks for an awesome product.
- Warren Smith Aurora, CO USA – Monday, February 14, 2011 at 00:21:35 (ET)
I am a runner, and my legs constantly need massaging, “the stick” gets the tough spots and my legs feel awesome!!! I have the “sprinter” model, and not only do I use it on my legs (gets the kinks out of calves and I.T band like nothing else) but I can also use it on my neck, back, and arms. Best invention ever!!!! Thank you!!!
- shawna san diego, CA USA – Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 22:06:28 (ET)
I do search and rescue work with my dog and invariably, people get lost in some horrendous terrain. In trying to stay fit for those 3 day, high-country searches, we do a lot of hiking. Seven years ago, I got plantars fasciitis but changing some activity, it subsided. A couple years ago, doing WII sports, my plantars started twitching. First softball game of the year, rounding second base, I felt it tear and ended up hopping home on one leg.
I tried a lot of different things, but almost every day I was in some pain, hobbling and stiff in the morning to quite bad after hard activities. This last year, it progressed to the point I could only wear hiking boots or tennis shoes – which look funny at the lake but forget about going barefoot. I still went on searches, just accepting the next day was going to be painful.
During that time, my dog and I did a shoot for ‘More’ magazine but every time I see the picture, I know all I’m thinking is how much my foot hurts at that angle!
I was getting a new pair of tennis shoes in July and mentioned to the specialist that I had fasciitis. He said ‘wait there’ and brought The Stick. I thought – ‘here’s how they get you to buy more crap!’ After using it on me, I felt some relief but bought my shoes and headed out. Suddenly, I realized I had no pain in my heel! I spun around and immediately bought one and threw it in the suitcase for the walking vacation we were leaving on the next day. What a difference! I honestly had the thought ‘omg, I can walk again!’
I am now mostly pain free. I can wear cute sandals and even go barefoot again. I never go anywhere without The Stick, including carrying it in my backpack on a long trip even though we all go very light. Had to have it, forget the chocolate…
I think of the Stick as my miracle. Because, omg, I can walk again.
- Cal (Colleen) Kelley, Redwood City, CA USA – Monday, October 18, 2010 at 08:05:50 (ET)
I received the stick two weeks ago after reading John Parker’s article. After being laid up for two months with a calf heart attack, I was jogging within three days and am now up to 40 minutes continuous time the past two days. Wholeheartedly recommend this product for those with a calf heart attack.
- Larry Deans, Orland, ME USA – Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 13:09:25 (ET)
I was training for a marathon when I rolled my ankle on a tree root camoflauged by shadows from the branches. I rolled my ankle pretty severely but I’m flexible as well as hard headed. I continued running that day for another mile, iced it for a week after each run and ignored swelling or pain until it just went away.
After the marathon, I stopped running for a month. When I began working out an running again, I would get a sharp pain that started in my ankle and shot upward. I saw an orthopedic who took an MRI and said there was no damage to my ankle and his only suggestion was rest. He also said my ankle sprain from 3 months prior was unrelated.
I decided to see Dr Leo Grim who intuitively wondered if I did some damage to the outer muscles of my lower leg. He used The Stick agressively. The next day I had spotty bruising on my leg in that area. We continued to loosed up those muscles using The Stick and worked on strengthening exercise for my ankle concurrently.
I’ve had no problems with my ankle ever since.
My boyfriend sprained his wrist and we used the same theory to fix his wrist after the doctors said there was nothing wrong and PT would be pointless.
I think The Stick should start a campaign to educate doctors on these effective methods of rehab!
PS – I studied sports medicine in college and worked with many teams. I wish I knew about The Stick back then. I sincerely believe all athletes should use The Stick. I also believe there are many applications for The Stick in the realm of rehabilitation of muscles.
- Susan Gonzales, Houston, TX USA – Monday, June 07, 2010 at 16:20:59 (ET)
I took my 11-yr old, cancer survivor, three-legged golden retriever to a pet expo and was snagged by “The Stick” vendor. For the next 30 minutes Kodiak (dog) got the best massage of his life and drew the biggest crowd with his tail-wagging rolling and moaning. He sounded like a bear when it rubs up against a tree. SOLD! We use it at least twice a day – every time I pause he ‘woofs’ for more. My husband and I use it to loosen up muscles after workouts. The Pet Stick is smaller but great for calves and working in small motions. I think I’ll shop the larger ones for someones christmas stocking. I’ve calmed the neighbors puppy and shared with lots of others in our pet volunteer organization. Can’t wait to tell the vet. Love anything that can extend my pups life and I think this can – Thanks!
- Tricia & Kodiak Fairfax Station, VA USA – Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 12:19:01 (ET)
The Stick was a truly amazing product with just a few applications my Severe Shin Splint problem was resolving giving me back my ability to run again. I wish I would have found this product sooner.
- Michael Stevens, Cincinnati, OH USA – Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 13:49:52 (ET)
I ran into The Stick at the SF marathon in 2005 at the stands before the marathon. I laughed at the salesman who was showing my friend and I the stick. We both thought it could work, but really just thought it was a gimmick.
In 2007, I hurt my back through cycling and tennis. Poor position on the saddle, and a poor tennis swing created a spot so tight in my back I stopped cycling for about a year. The doctor told me to ice and take Ibuprofen—did not work.
In 2008, I went to the SF marathon, and found The Stick stand. I bought a stick hoping it could work. Only a hand full of sessions of a couple of minutes release something in my back, and I got back on the bike—it worked!
The Stick lives on my desk where it is visible in case I need it for headaches that start in my back. My back rarely tightens, but when it does, it is never a concern since The Stick always relieves all the discomfort.
I have the stiffer model with the red handles. Try it if you have not, it is not only for athletes. I recommend this to office workers who may suffer from upper, and lower back pain.
- Giovanni Mejia Richmond, CA USA – Monday, May 10, 2010 at 12:17:58 (ET)
Ever since using The Stick back in 2007 my legs have never felt fresher and the amount of injuries have dropped astronomically!!! It in many ways prolonged and saved my Figure Skating career!!!
- Jason Wong Boston, MA USA – Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 21:28:53 (ET)
The Stick really works! Just before the 2008 NYC Marathon, I had a calf pull which I reinjured every couple of weeks, keeping me from running entirely. Three days before the race, almost resigning to not starting the NYC Marathon after 27 consecutive starts, you sold me the small stick and said to carry it throughout the race, and stop every 2 miles to roll out the calf. It worked! I was elated to finish and keep my streak alive!! Thanks very much!! It is much better than stretching, and I tell all my runner friends to get it! After running shoes, The Stick is the most important thing you need!
- Peter Phillips NYC, NY USA – Thursday, November 05, 2009 at 10:05:10 (ET)
The last three years I have had achilles tendonitis by August after running summer races. I would have to stop running each time to heal. This year I had the stick. 5 times a day on the calves. The tendonitis disappeared and the calf tightness has been cut in half. More importantly, I was able to keep running. I just ordered the pro system.
- K. Sunseri Cedar Rapids, IA USA – Friday, October 30, 2009 at 22:07:23 (ET)
I am a ballet dancer and immediately fell in love with the stick. It really helps relax my sore muscles at the start of a full day of dancing, and now I can not go a day without using the stick! My flexibility and mobility have increased from using the stick on a daily basis because it literally works as a massage on tough places that are always tight, for example, my IT band. Not to mention it feels amazing because you can feel all of the tiny knots being released in your muscles as it works. I would recommend this wonderful tool to any athlete or dancer, and it will not let you down!
- Lauren S. Nashville, TN USA – Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 17:34:45 (ET)
I’ve been fit all my life but not pain-free. I have incorparated a regular massage as part of my healthy habits. I should probably get one at least once a week but who can afford the cost? Stretching has helped but not completely. add to that many injuries throughput the years and the fact that I don’t know when to quit. i am 52 now. I guess my muscle type requires a lot of maintenace. The price for being quick and fast… maybe. This product has chnaged all that for me. I can truly say that my pains are almost all gone after only one week of use! Let’s hope the trend continues. i actually feel i don’t need any other form of warm up before tennis, basketball, soccer, or whatever.
- Manes Eliacin Ronkonkoma, NY USA – Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 10:46:15 (ET)
After checking if it was legal to carry in my bag during a USGA sponsored tournament, I carried it and as my legs, back started to tire, I start to use it. Incredibly, it felt like I did when I started the round….fresh both mentally and physically. Thanks, Patrick, for the help and hope to see you in the winners circle at some tournament that I play in. I will definitely tell my playing partners about “the Stick”…..only after the round.
- Tom WA USA – Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 18:17:12 (ET)
I like your products.
- Pat Williams Newton Centre, MA USA – Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 06:49:24 (ET)
The stick works wonders for the muscles which work the knees, which have been involved with orthopedic knee surgery. The helpfulness of the stick was nothing short of amazing in the hands of a physical therapist. I find it unbeliveably helpful. Thank you. Please get the word out! Help others….
- Judith Todd-McNichol J.P Brewster, MA USA – Tuesday, July 01, 2008 at 19:39:50 (ET)
My CHIROPRACTOR USED THE STICK ON MY BACK I HAVE SCOLIOCIS AND I HAVE CRONIC PAIN BUT AFTER A FEW STROKS MY UPPER BACK FEELS SO MUCH BETTER
- JOHN MORALES NOLANVILLE, TX USA – Monday, April 28, 2008 at 21:12:42 (ET)
Over the years I have found no better tool for recovery and injury prevention than The Stick. The sheer distances and expedition nature encountered in adventure racing require ‘active’ recovery, and in five minutes I can flush out my muscles and restore natural, loose biomechnics. I’ll sure be happy to have The Stick in my gear bin when I encounter the 100,000 feet of elevation at Primal Quest this year.
- Jared Hanley, Team Kagome – Eugene, OR USA – Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 14:43:24 (ET)
In October of 06 I trained to run my first marathon,during the last few weeks I would get a pain from my buttocks down my leg. Traveling in a car could get uncomfortable. We drove to Chicago (6-7 hour ride) two days prior to race and I had to keep moving around. While at the expo with my nephew who was also running the race, he said he was going to get rolled. I had no idea what he was talking about but followed him. I started playing around with one of the Sticks and one of your workers asked me if I was having any specific problems. So i told her about the pain down my leg and she had me lay down and explained what to do. She rolled out my leg/ hip and I thought it felt pretty good. I found out the next day during the race how good it was ! It didn’t bother me at all and the car ride home was much better even after completing my 26.2 miles. I bought one and have used it faithfully since. It’s the first thing I recommend to other athletes when they talk about soreness etc… I have been meaning to write and tell you how much I love your product!
-Brenda Swan North East, PA USA – Friday, January 04, 2008 at 14:53:05 (ET)
I first met Patrick at a scrub store in Vancouver. I told his wife I had Fibromyalgia and she was sure she knew something that could help me. She did not give me any details but assured me help was on the way. Later her husband, Patrick, came to the store. He had a long, white stick with rollers and demoed it on me. I was sold! I bought it right out of his hands and have used it now for four years. My husband uses it daily and both of us could not manage without it. My husband is a computer engineer and I am a retired hospice nurse turned quilter and we could not do our jobs without “The Stick”. I recommend them to any and everyone with any type of muscle pain or needing therapy for muscle tension, especially Fibromyalgia. It has literally saved us thousands in medical and pharmacy bills. WE LOVE OUR STICK!
- Linda Baker Vancouver, WA USA – Tuesday, December 04, 2007 at 00:42:44 (ET)
The stick is for Stiffs. The stick works on those stiff muscles and ones you forgot you had.
My marathon time went from 4:08 (my first marathon in June 2005- San Diego) to 3:48 in 6 months (St.Jude Marathon in December)b/c I incorporated the stick before and after my runs.
I run sometimes 3 marathons in a month and I don’t leave home without my stick. It fits perfectly in my backpack. My energy level is higher, my time is less, my life has been simplified. Thank you
- Tracy San Diego, CA USA – Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 11:08:51 (ET)
After going through the same tiring, depressing cycle of getting calf strains/pulls every year for the last 4 years, I “stumbled” on an article on an internet runners site. I thought to myself, what the heck, I’m willing to try anything at this point! I was at the point where I was actually afraid to exert myself 100% to chase down a fly ball or extend a double to a triple. Many of you know the routine – no matter how much I trained, stretched or soaked in the spa, I never knew when “it” would pop. I would just go about my business as usual and when (not if) it occurred, I’d suffer through it like always. I’m sure my teammates were at the point of expecting the pull as much as I was, lol.
I am here to tell you, this thing works! I purchased my Sprinter model stick after suffering yet another strain. After 1 week of use, the pain was gone and I was back in the field. After 2 weeks, no more trigger points could be felt, and more importantly, I truly feel that I can go ALL OUT 100% without fear! Even more surprising is the fact that I don’t spend 20 minutes jogging and stretching like I used to, now maybe just 5 minutes of jogging and very, very little stretching. Doctors, friends and training articles kept harping on me to stretch more – B.S.! This simple device has made a HUGE impact in the way I now approach my training. It is a MUST HAVE for any athlete that runs.
- Arthur Springfield, MO USA – Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 14:52:41 (ET)
the stick has helped me to start training again
- Bill Grant Birmingham, AL USA – Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 17:51:03 (ET)
THANK YOU!!! I love this thing!! Last year my race caused me to limp and groan from sore muscles. This year, my family and I bought the sticks at the expo, I used the stick the night before to losen my hamstrings and calves, the next day to relieve my quads after the 1/2 marathon. What a difference it made the next day. I can highly recomend this, plus you can use it without help from anyone else, what more could you ask for?
- c. smith Prescott, AZ USA – Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 10:50:44 (ET)
“My use of The Stick has been integral in maintaining my basic health and leg longevity throughout running 52 marathons in 2006″.
- Dane Rauschenberg, Washington DC, DC USA – Monday, September 11, 2006 at 22:32:36 (ET)
I’ve struggled with a tight IT band on one leg for a number of years. I have been used to higher levels of activity (running/biking/swimming) and this limited me to enjoying running longer distances. During the Expo at the 2005 Chicago Triathlon, I bought The Stick. I haven’t had any IT band issues since using the stick – thanks for the help!
- D.Cook, ON Canada – Friday, August 18, 2006 at 20:32:29 (ET)
I have been using the stick for a number of years and own about 4 of the different models, beginning before there were so many. I would never dream of going to a marathon or any travel without it – it can save a life before and after a race. Keep up the good work – and I’ll see you at the expos.
- Bev Victory Bellaire, TX USA – Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 21:02:40 (ET)
Thank you so much for designing such a wonderful product. I am a barrel racer and the strain barrel racing puts on a horses body is significant. I am always trying to find ways to help my horses stay pain free. I give my horses a massage before and after I compete on them. It really helps them to stay limber and work their body soreness out after a run. Thanks again.
- Shannon Gattis, Ratcliff, AR USA – Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 10:52:08 (ET)
I use The Stick myself and show it to interested clients. I stress the value and importance of stretching and flexibility. I find using The Stick before and after vigorous activity really makes a difference.
- Mark Church MA USA – Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 18:09:56 (ET)