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2016 Holiday Fit Gift Guide

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

By Medi-Dyne Ambassador & Guest Blogger

Jen Haught

Happy Holidays Red

 

The holiday season is once again upon us and if you are like me, you struggle with what to get your loved ones. I always want my gift to be well received, but I look for other details as well; for example, can I get it from a local business? Is it made in the USA? Would it be useful to them? Would they even want it? No wonder people say the holidays are stressful!

 

I picked out ten gifts that I think your favorite athlete would enjoy and secretly won’t return behind your back.

 

 

Five1Five Signs

 

I stumbled on Five1Five Signs medal holders a couple years ago and am a huge fan. Their signs are unique because they are hand painted carved wood signs, not just vinyl letters like most other signs. I have one in my office and I have given out a few as gifts and people really love them. These signs aren’t just for runners, but for swimmers, gymnasts, triathletes and more. Contact Andy and you can have it personalized so your favorite athlete can hang their medals proudly!

 

 

 

 

TigerLady

 

When I was a runner, I would do the majority of my running in the dark by myself, especially when the time changed in November. I was ALWAYS decked out head to toe in reflective gear, lights, and bright colors, but all that gear wouldn’t have saved me from an attacker. Tiger Lady is safety at your fingertips. It is small, light weight, and needs no batteries or charging. I had no issues running with it and it made me feel A LOT safer no matter where I was. I carry it when I’m not running as well so instead of holding onto my phone in my hand, I replaced with a Tiger Lady. No one coming up to attack me would suspect that I had a self defense claw in my hand. To activate the three claws, all you have to do is close your hand and make a fist. The retractable claws protrude between your knuckles ready to meet your attacker. I feel confident and very Wolverine-like when I have my Tiger Lady.

 

 

 

RangeRoller

 

The RangeRoller is no joke. It gives you a a deep massage that you wouldn’t believe! The roller gets in the inner and outer layers of muscles and tissue to help break up and eliminate scar tissue, increase circulation and is effective getting out those nasty knots from just about anywhere. My husband, myself and even our dogs love it!

 

 

Road ID

 

I think Road ID is probably the number one item that every athlete should have because it can save your life. They make these bracelets for adults and children and they make them in a variety of styles and colors. Your personal and medical information can be accessed from medical personnel through their website. They will be able to access your emergency contacts, your doctors, insurance information, medications, allergies, surgeries, and so much more. You can go online and update it anytime you want. If you don’t have one, GET ONE! It will give you and your loved ones piece of mind when you are out on the roads.

 

 

CopyCat Yoga Mat

 

I came across the Copycat Yoga Mat on Etsy and I thought this was such a cool product. I was a disaster at yoga and never knew where to put my hands and feet for poses. I’d feel frustrated and miss instructions on breathing or other information. In class, I felt self conscious and I think this mat will really help adults and children learn yoga with confidence. Not only does the mat show foot and hand placement, but it shows different poses like Triangle and Halfmoon. The mat is non toxic, eco friendly, phthalate and latex free, SGS tested and certified. It is extra thick (1/4″ which is twice as thick than a standard yoga mat), extra long (72″ x 24″ which is 4″ longer than a standard yoga mat) and self adjusts to work with any height.

 

 

 

 

Pro-stretch Plus

 

If your favorite athlete complains of achilles tendonitis, ankle pain, back pain, calf strain and tight calf muscles, arch pain, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, ball of foot pain, tight hamstring pain, IT band syndrome, and/or shin pain, then the Pro-stretch Plus is going to help them. It helps give you an effective and comfortable stretch that will help prevent future injuries. You are going to save them so much pain, aggravation, and frustration, plus YOU won’t have to hear them keep complaining about their pain every time you talk to them. It’s a win-win!

 

 

 Shwings

 

I came across the Shwings a few years ago and immediately fell in love with them. They have over 150 styles in all different colors and will make all your shoes look unique and fun! They have wings, lighting bolts, skulls, butterflies, and even mustaches! They have been featured in magazines such as InStyle, UsWeekly, Parents and more. They are a perfect stocking stuffer for kids and adults of all ages. I have three pairs myself!

 

 

 

 

“The Long Run” by Matt Long

 

I’m constantly talking about Matt Long and his inspiring book, “The Long Run”. While bike riding, Matt was hit by a twenty ton bus making an illegal turn and his bike “sliced him open like a can”. He needed sixty eight units of blood 10 hours after the accident and was in the hospital for five months. Every bone in his left leg was broken, the right side of his pelvis was shattered, as well as his right shoulder and severed multiple arteries. He would endure over forty operations and the doctors weren’t even sure he would walk again, let alone compete. Matt’s book describes his intense and painful recovery and how he was able finish the NYC marathon three years after the accident. This story is incredible and I’m not lying when I say that I read it at least once a year.

 

 

 

 

 2Toms SportsShield Towelette

 

Ah, chafing, every runners nightmare. Since I was bigger runner I had lots of chafing issues and after a particular run while training for the NYC marathon last year, I realized BodyGlide wasn’t going to cut it. As I silently screamed in agony in the shower after a long run, I decided to try some new products. I came across 2Toms SportShield Towelettes during a Runchat, looked at their products and decided to try their towelettes and roll on. Since I’ve tried them, I haven’t had any chafing issues.  NOT ONE. I’m particularly fond of the towelettes because they are small and portable. I had been known to unwrap one and stick it down my bra for long runs just in case I’ve missed a spot.

 

 

 

 

 

BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones

 

I actually won a pair of these BackBeat Fit headphones and I’m a huge fan. When we joined Rex Wellness Center earlier this year, I wanted a pair of wireless headphones because my wires kept getting caught on the machines and weights, it drove me crazy. It was easy hooking them up with my phone so I was happily watching Parks and Rec while on the bike or listening to JT while using the weight machines.  I found they were easy to use, comfortable and the sound is fantastic. It definitely drowns out crying babies and overly talkative adults on airplanes.

 

 

What is on your wishlist this year? 

jenhaught_biopicAbout Jen Haught: Jen grew up in Manchester, NH and then moved to the Raleigh, NC area in 2003 with her husband and two dogs, Jager and Sammy. She likes reading, make up, coloring, hiking, hockey, working out and being lazy.

Jen has overcome her share of injuries and  health and fitness struggles, but enjoys inspiring others to live their best happy, healthy lives.

You can reach Jen on Instagram @JenHaught or Twitter @JenHaught79. We are honored to have Jen as our November Guest Blogger and a Medi-Dyne Ambassador.

Spring Track Running Injuries

Foot Pain ExercisesSpring Track Running Injuries

Spring is here which means track season has started for thousands of students.  It also means that student athletes are at risk of getting hurt.  Every spring, young athletes begin intensive training for track season, and within weeks, many are halted by common running injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, IT band syndrome, runner’s knee, and shin splints.

Plantar Fasciitis – Since our feet absorb a force several times our body weight with each step, it is not surprising that approximately 15 percent of all running injuries affect the foot.  Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch, and is usually the top foot complaint among runners.  The pain, which typically feels like a stabbing pain on the bottom of the heel, is usually worse first thing in the morning or after periods of inactivity and can intensify after standing for long periods of time.

What starts out as a fairly easy-to-treat injury, when ignored, can result in an extremely painful condition that can sideline track athletes.  Runners who have very high or very low arches are vulnerable because both foot types cause the plantar fascia to be stretched away from the heel bone.  Other risk factors are extreme pronation (foot rolls inward excessively) and supination (foot rolls outward excessively).

Maintaining good flexibility throughout the inter-connective chain of the lower leg including the ankle, Achilles tendon and calf muscles is the best way to prevent plantar fasciitis for track runners.  Preventative measures for plantar fasciitis are similar to that of treatment so it makes sense for athletes to use preventative measure to avoid the pain.

Medi-Dyne’s 2Steps plantar fasciitis solution recommends:

Orthopedic-Shoe-and-Podiatry-Markets_08Bio-mechanically designed Tuli’s Heel Cup provides immediate relief by cushioning the area of pain and elevating the calcaneus (heel bone) to take pressure off of the Achilles tendon, lessening the tension and allowing for a regaining of flexibility.

The ProStretch Plus has been proven to provide a deep stretch that increases flexibility along the entire inter-connective chain, delivering the long-term flexibility needed for both the prevention and treatment of plantar fasciitis.  Read how to use the ProStretch Plus to prevent plantar fasciitis.

Achilles tendonitis – The Achilles tendon connects the two major calf muscles to the back of the heel. When overused, the tendon tightens and becomes irritated.  Achilles tendinitis is responsible for approximately 11 percent of all running injuries.  Runners who dramatically increase their training at the beginning of track season and who have tight, weak calves are vulnerable to this injury.

Many people suffering from Achilles tendonitis symptoms experience swelling and mild to severe pain in the ankle area.  Achilles tendonitis symptoms typically begin as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after running or other sports activity.  Pain may come on gradually or may only be felt when running or walking.  Episodes of more severe tendon pain may occur after prolonged running, stair climbing, or sprinting.

Athletes in sports which use a pushing-off motion like track are no strangers to Achilles issues, and calf flexibility is critical to the health of the Achilles tendon.  As with plantar fasciitis, an athlete can prevent and treat Achilles tendonitis by using the ProStretch Plus for a safe and gradual stretch of the lower leg.  Another way to prevent or treat Achilles tendonitis pain is to use shoe inserts like Tuli’s Gaitors and heel cups like Tuli’s Heel Cups.  Both of these items can be placed in a runner’s shoes to promote stability and proper alignment as well as provide long-lasting relief from Achilles tendonitis pain.

cho-pat_achillestendon-500x500A support straps like the Cho-Pat Achilles Tendon Strap can also help alleviate the pain and discomfort of Achilles tendonitis.  Developed in cooperation with the Mayo Clinic, the patented Cho-Pat Achilles Tendon Strap reduces stress on the Achilles tendon by gently lifting the heel, and it can be worn in all shoes or barefoot.

IT Band Syndrome – IT Band Syndrome is the one of the most common overuse injuries for runners. The IT Band lies along the outside of the thigh from the hip to the knee and is designed to assist the hip muscles in the outward movement of the thigh and to stabilize the side of the knee. The knee flexes and extends when running and this can cause the IT Band to rub on the side of the femur. Track athletes who take up their mileage too quickly at the beginning of track season can be susceptible to ITBS.

Runners suffering with ITBS experience pain along the outside of the knee joint, sometimes accompanied by a clicking sensation.  ITBS typically starts with tightness, can become extremely painful on the outside part of the knee or lower thigh, and can be made worse by activity. Runners who do not cross train many suffer from weak hip abductor and gluteal muscles and could be at greater risk for ITBS.  ITBS can be a debilitating injury to a track athlete and can become so painful that a runner is unable to train at all until it heals.

The best way to provide immediate relief for ITBS pain is the Cho-Pat Iliotibial Band Strap.  The Cho-Pat- IT Band Strap compresses the area to begin healing and prevent further damage. This strap delivers Dynamic Pain Diffusion™ to absorb and diffuse stress and provides comfortable support even when running.

For long-term healing and prevention of ITBS, a track athlete needs to stretch and strengthen weak hip and core muscles.  The CoreStretch is an effective tool to stretch and activate the entire interconnected chain of core muscles like hamstrings, lower back, hips, piriformis, and glutes.  Watch how to use the CoreStretch here.  In addition to the CoreStretch, the RangeRoller can be used to deliver a deep tissue massage and increase the blood flow along the full length of the IT Band.  The RangeRoller increases circulation, relieves knots, warms muscles, eliminates scar tissue, and improves an athlete’s overall performance.

Runner's KneeRunner’s Knee – Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) or “runner’s knee” is the irritation of the cartilage on the underside of the patella (kneecap).  Approximately 40 percent of running injuries are knee injuries, and it is a common complaint among track athletes.   Runner’s knee typically flares up during or after long runs, after extended periods of sitting, or while descending hills and stairs.  It is usually starts as a dull pain in the front of the knee and often worsens over time.

Athletes can get immediate relief and support from a couple of Cho-Pat® products.  The Cho-Pat Original Knee Strap stabilizes and tightens the kneecap mechanism and provides track athletes with mobility, comfort, and support.  The Original Knee Strap can be used to reduce pain, improve tracking, and is doctor recommended for over 30 years.  The Cho-Pat Dynamic Knee Compression Sleeve is a light-weight compression sleeve that reinforces the knee, stabilizes, reduces inflammation, and promotes circulation.

For long-term healing and prevention of runner’s knee, a runner should stretch and strengthen glutes, hamstrings and quads.  The patented StretchRite system features a non-elastic strap which makes it easy to perform each stretch properly and effectively.  Watch how to use the StretchRite.

Shin_Splints_PainShin Splints – Shin splints refers to medial tibial stress syndrome, an achy pain that results when small tears occur in the muscles around your shin bone.  Shin splints make up approximately 13 percent of running injuries and results from overuse or an overload of stress. This overload of stress can be due to taking on too much too fast, over-pronation or by calf, foot or Achilles tendon inflexibility.  Athletes who are involved in a sport like track are very likely to experience shin splints pain at some point.

Shin splints sufferers experience pain along or just behind the inner edge of the tibia. The pain typically increases during activity.  It’s important to employ R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) and adequate stretching to both reduce pain and remedy shin splints.  For additional immediate relief from existing shin splints pain and added support, a product like Tuli’s Gators will cushion and disperse stress on shin bones.  Tuli’s Gators not only provides good arch support, but it adds light-weight shock absorption to help prevent shin splints pain.

For preventing and treating shin splints, it is important to increase flexibility in calf muscles and feet.  Athletes who stretch their calves daily will increase calf flexibility and dramatically reduce the risk of a muscle imbalance injury like shin splints.  The ProStretch Plus is a very effective tool for stretching and strengthening your calves and increasing lower leg flexibility.

For the runner experiencing shin splints, the Cho-Pat Shin Splint Compression Sleeve is a highly effective tool for alleviating shin splints pain when exercising.  It combines compression and shock absorption to support muscles, stimulate circulation, and maintain warmth to alleviate the pain of shin splints.

 

Getting a Safe and Effective Tight Calf Stretch

Tight Calf Stretches

Osgood Schlatter DiseaseOur earlier blog post, Tight Calf Solutions, covered why flexible calves are critical to both performance and preventing lower leg, ankle, Achilles tendon, and foot injuries.  It also outlined Medi-Dyne’s 2Steps™ Solutions for a Strained or Tight Calf which focuses on a regimen to provide both immediate relief and long-term healing with the goal of putting you back on your feet and at peak performance.

An important part of that process is to introduce a regimen of tight calf stretches because the best way to treat tight calf pain is to keep it from happening in the first place.  Many times, an effective tight calf stretch can improve lower extremity strength, balance, and flexibility; and increased muscle flexibility reduces the risk of lower leg injuries caused by tight calf muscles.

An effective way to allow improvement in lower extremity strength, balance and flexibility is to use the ProStretch Plus.  The ProStretch Plus is a unique enhancement tool that was originally designed for physical therapists and delivers a safe, effective solution for performing tight calf stretches.  It has been proven to provide a deep stretch that increases flexibility along the entire inter-connective chain which helps deliver a lasting solution for tight calf muscles.

ProStretchPlusProStretch Plus is perfect for the gradual, controlled stretch needed to increase the flexibility of tight calf muscles and prevent future injuries.  With a proper ProStretch Plus flexibility program, muscles and tendons actually begin to lengthen.  Learn how to best stretch and strengthen your lower leg and prevent tight calf symptoms using the ProStretch Plus by downloading the ProStretch Plus Stretching Guide here.

Watch here how to use the ProStretch Plus to reduce calf pain and achieve an ideal tight calf stretch.

Another Medi-Dyne tool that is ideal for getting a great tight calf stretch is the StretchRite.  The StretchRite’s patented system features a non-elastic strap which makes it easy to perform each stretch properly and effectively.  It is not only ideal for tight calf stretches; it also is good for stretching and conditioning every major muscle group in your body, including your arms, shoulders, torso, and legs.

StretchRite

The StretchRite makes it easy to individualize a stretching program and monitor progress because it features six ergonomically-shaped handgrips that offer a comfortable non-cinching hold and make it simple to adjust tension during the stretch.   As flexibility improves, advance to the next handgrip position to increase the stretch.  Click here to download the instruction manual and view instructional videos for the StretchRite.

 

In addition to using the ProStretch Plus and the StretchRite to help treat and prevent tight calf muscles, there are additional tight calf stretches that can be performed:

Downward Dog – Some yoga poses are ideal for performing tight calf stretches.  Get down on all fours with hands spread flat on the floor under your shoulders.  Walk your hands forward slightly on the floor and spread your fingers apart to allow for a broad base of support.  Push your hips up toward the ceiling and tighten your abdominal muscles.  Try to keep your heels on the ground and gently try and straighten your knees.  This pose should be held for 15-30 seconds.

 

 

 

Tight Calf Solutions

Medi-Dyne Tight Calf SolutionsFlexible, functional calves are critical to both performance and preventing lower leg, ankle, Achilles tendon and foot injuries. Tight Calf Causes Tight calf and calf strain injuries are often due to sudden stress on the calves. This stress can result in small micro-tears to the muscle fibers or more serious rupture of the muscles fibers. The calf muscle (gastroc) where it nears the meets the thigh bone (femur) in particular plays a major role in generating power when you jump or sprint. Injuries at this juncture are relatively common but often preventable. Calf muscle strains usually occur when the muscles are not warmed up properly or have fatigued significantly during exercise.   Functional Risk Factors:calf-strain-visit-estore

  • Improper warm up
  • Fatigue
  • Previous Injury
  • Tightness or weakness in the:
    • Gastrocnemius
    • Soleus
    • Hamstrings

Calf Flexibility Critical to Foot & Leg Injuries A quick stretch on the curb, against the wall or just pulling your feet back with a towel often what people consider stretching their calves,but are you taking this muscle group seriously enough? A tight calf can prevent proper movement of your ankle, specifically dorsiflexion (point & flexing motions) which in turn impact both the how you walk and how you stand. To compensate for this, the foot rolls or pronates further which causes excess rotation of the lower leg. This can contribute to conditions such as shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, knee misalignment, hip misalignment and even tight hamstrings. Time spent on increasing the flexibility of a tight calf can significantly minimize the occurrence of foot pain, heel pain, Achilles tendon pain, shin splints, calf pain and even hip and back pain. Slow, deep, effective stretches held for 30 seconds or more are what are typically required to increase the flexibility in a tight calf. The degree and biomechanical alignment of the stretch is also important. Over stretching or performing stretches incorrectly can cause injury or further injury an existing strain. Medi-Dyne’s 2Steps™ Solutions make rehabilitating a strained calf and increasing calf flexibility easy.

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Strained Calf Rehabilitation and Increasing Tight Calf Flexibility

Working with medical professionals, Medi-Dyne has developed 2Steps™ Solutions for a Strained or Tight Calf. 2Steps Solutions deliver a sound regimen which provides both 1. Immediate Relief and 2. Long-Term Healing, putting you back on your feet and at peak performance.

Cho-Pat Calf Compression Sleeve

Cho-Pat Calf Compression Sleeve

Step 1:  Immediate Relief

  • Promote Circulation & Healing

Athletes often find relief from light compression.  The Cho-Pat Calf Compression Sleeve applies gentle support for lower legs while promoting circulation and warmth which controls fluid build-up and enhances healing.   

Step 2:  Long-Term Healing

ProStretch Plus

ProStretch Plus

 

  • Stretch and Strengthen:
      • Gastroc
      • Soleus

Gastroc and soleus flexibility is imperative to the health of shins. By stretching your calves daily and increasing your calf flexibility, you can dramatically reduce your risk of muscle imbalance injury.

 The ProStretch® Plus makes it easy for athletes to perform all of the necessary stretches independently, effectively and efficiently.

  • Massage

Massaging can often bring added relief and flexibility. RangeRoller’s unique design allow you to use both the TriggerTreads™ for increasing circulation as well as the end of the RangeRoller handle for releasing trigger points.

RangeRoller Massage Therapy

RangeRoller

For increased circulation, performance and healing consider massaging the:

    • Outer side of calf
    • Inner side of calf
    • Lower part of calf just above the Achilles tendon

Find these and all of the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Solutions at the Medi-Dyne Store!

Check back on March 17, 2015 for more information on Tight Calf Stretches!

Rethinking Shin Splints Cures

New ideas on Shin Splints Cures, Causes and Prevention

Shin Splints Cures made easy with Medi-Dyne 2Steps SolutionsThe term shin splints encompasses a number of disorders that include mild swelling, soreness or pain along or just behind the inner edge of the shin bone (tibia). While this almost all-encompassing definition can make it easy to to diagnose, shin splits cures can often be harder to determine.

The causes of shin splints have been attributed to everything from running on uneven surfaces to rapid increase in activity. However, more recent thinking attributes biomechanical malfunctions, specifically overpronation due to ankle inflexibility or the overuse / inflexibility of the calf (gastroc or soleus) to be the true cause of shin splints.

What is Overpronation?

During a normal stride, the foot’s first function is to absorb and help dispel shock from impact. This is followed by rotation inward and downward (pronation) so that the foot can manage the terrain on which you are walking or running. The ankle then flexes, allowing the knee to move forward.  While the heel raises, the foot rotates so that the outer edge of the sole bears the body’s weight .shin-splints-visit-estore

Shin Splint Pain & The Role of Overpronation

Overpronation can be caused by poorly supported arches,tightness in the ankle, Achiles tendon, calf or other muscle imbalances. Without proper arch support the foot lands, flattens and the ankle overpronates. The tibia is then forced to twist slightly in the outward direction pulling the calf muscles with it. This overpronation delivers inferior stabilization and inefficient shock absorption. Over time, this repetitive, inefficient motion creates “shin splints”.

Shin Splints & Calf Flexibility

Calf flexibility also plays an important role in preventing shin splints.  Flexible calf muscles will provide more “give” in support of this motion, however, one of the most effective things an athlete can do is to stop the foot from rolling. This can be done by both strengthening the muscles and tendons which support the ankle and with proper arch support in both athletic and every day shoes.

Shin Splint Prevention & Remedies

It is critical to rule out stress fractures or other more serious causes for the shin pain.  Shin splints cures can actually be fairly simple. In fact, it can be easy to cure true shin splints in as little as 5 – 10 days. Do keep in mind a few key points:

  • Restraint and discretion are critical in shin splints cures. Trying to walk, run or play through the pain is likely to make the injury worse.
  • When treating shin splints, employing rest, ice, and adequate stretching and massage should be the first line of defense. A gradual return to activity, including non-weightbearing exercises are definitely in order.
  • Shin splint cures and prevention happen both during and outside of activity. Paying attention to your everyday shoes as well as your running/walking shoes or cleats will go a long way in both speeding up shin splint cures and preventing future bouts. Worn out or ill-fitting shoes or shoes without proper arch support (flip flops, sandals, casual shoes) will exacerbate the problem.

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SHIN SPLINTS CURES

Working with medical professionals, Medi-Dyne has developed 2Steps™ Solutions for Shin Splints. 2Steps Solutions deliver a sound regimen which provides both 1. Immediate Relief and 2. Long-Term Healing, delivering shin splints cures to put you back on your feet and at peak performance.

Tuli's 3/4 Gaitors Arch Support

Tuli’s 3/4 Gaitors Shock Absorption & Arch Support

STEP 1.  IMMEDIATE RELIEF

  • Support Arches & Increase Shock Absorption

After rest and ice, arch supports can play a big role in providing immediate relief for shin splints.

Proper support helps cushion and disperse stress on your shinbones as well as guide proper pronation.

Light-weight arch supports with built-in heel cups, like the Tuli’s® 3/4 Gaitors® provide light-weight shock absorption and support in an ultra-thin carbon fiber orthotic. These over the counter orthotics can be worn in both athletic and casual shoes.

Cho-Pat_Shin_Splint_Compression_Sleeve

Cho-Pat Shin Splint Compression Sleeve

Don’t need arch support?  Developed by a leading podiatrist, Tuli’s® Heavy Duty Heel Cups or Heavy Duty Gel Heel Cups provide incredible heel-strike shock absorption.

  • Promote Circulation & Healing

Athletes often find relief from light compression. Products like the Cho-Pat ® Shin Splint Compression Sleeve™ apply gentle support for lower legs while promoting circulation and warmth which in turn controls fluid build-up and enhances healing. The Cho-Pat Shin Splint compression sleeve includes shock-absorbing straps designed to reduce micro-trauma and maintain proper position.

 

LONG-TERM HEALING AND PREVENTION

ProStretch Plus

ProStretch Plus

  • Stretch & Strengthen

Gastroc and soleus flexibility is imperative to the health of shins. By stretching calves daily and increasing calf flexibility, the risk of injury can be reduced.  Gastroc and soleus flexibility play an important role in maintaining ankle flexibility and reducing the risk of Achilles tendon tightness.

The ProStretch® Plus makes it easy for athletes to perform all of the necessary stretches independently, effectively and efficiently.

Add Ankle Strengthening Exercises

Additionally, ankle strengthening exercises including resisted inversion, resisted eversion, resisted plantar flexion and resisted dorsiflexion will help to curtail overpronation and rolling.

RangeRoller Massage Therapy

RangeRoller

  • Massage

Trigger points can also cause the shins (tibialis anterior) to be weaker than normal, putting extra stress on the connective muscle fibers. Massaging can bring added relief and flexibility.

RangeRoller®’s unique design allows athletes to use both the TriggerTreads™ for increasing circulation as well as the handle end points for trigger point release.

For increased circulation and performance consider massaging the outer calf, inner calf, back mid-calf , and the lower leg along the sides of the shin bone.

Using these 2Steps™ Solutions for immediate relief and long-term healing, athletes suffering from shin splints should be back in the game quickly.

Find these and all of the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Solutions at the Medi-Dyne Store!

Check back on March 16, 2015 for more information on Shin Splints Cures and Stretches!

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Reducing Calf Pain Through Proper Stretching

Reducing Calf PainThere’s nothing fun about having to deal with a problem calf muscle. If you experience pain in this area you may have to shut down your workout routine entirely – and nobody wants that to happen. Proper stretching techniques are key to not only reducing calf pain but potentially eliminating it altogether.

The calf is comprised of three main muscles: the medial, lateral gastrocnemius (or gastric) and soleus muscles. While calf pain is typically caused by an injury to one or more of these muscles, circulation problems, bone fractures or breaks, and medical conditions can also cause the problem.

Common Symptoms

There are several different types of symptoms associated with calf issues. Understanding why you’re having a problem in the first place can go a long way toward reducing calf pain. Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Torn or inflamed muscles or tendons
  • Stiffness or tenderness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Pain in the back portion of your lower leg
  • Muscle cramps
  • Persistent pain – even while you rest

Treatment Options

While you should obviously see a doctor if your pain worsens, there are some things you can do that can help you find relief. These include:

  • Applying ice to decrease inflammation
  • Using a compression sleeve to provide warmth and reinforcement to aid healing and improve circulation
  • Using a massage therapy tool to also warm muscles and increase blood flow
  • Stretching more effectively.

Medi-Dyne offers a wide range of products that can help promote long-term healing for athletes of all levels who have suffered various types of injuries. In regard to reducing calf pain, our ProStretch Plus™ is particularly effective at both stretching and strengthening the area. If you would like more information or you would like to try this or any of our other products, visit our e-store or call us at 1-800-810-1740.

Here is a video that shows how proper use of the ProStretch Plus™ can go a long way toward reducing calf pain.

Top Running Injury No. 4: Calf Strains

Calf StrainsThis is the fourth in a 10-part series outlining some of the most common injuries suffered by runners.

Calf strains aren’t just painful; they can also be a sign that you are experiencing other leg issues. If not addressed quickly, it could lead to other issues such as hamstring tightness or plantar fasciitis. That’s why it’s important you not only understand the reasons behind calf strains, but also how you can treat this frustrating problemMedi-Dyne would like to share some information that can help if you are having to deal with this issue.

Causes

The calf muscles are among the most used in the body. Eventually, they get tight and result in calf strains. They not only result in a great deal of pain, they can also alter the way you walk – which can set off a series of other problems such as ankle and knee pain, back pain and several others. Here are some of the more common reasons this condition occurs:

  • Wearing high heels
  • Sitting for extended periods of time
  • Exercise
  • Standing for several hours

Symptoms

Again, it is very important that you have this problem addressed by a doctor before it starts keeping you from exercising as rigorously as you want. Not only do calf strains make it hard for people to run or walk, they can even make it hard for you to be able to comfortably sit. Talk to a doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Muscle tightness or spasms
  • Sharp pain when you move in a certain manner
  • Constant, dull aching
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Tenderness and soreness when you apply pressure to your calves

2Steps to Pain-Free Running

Cho-Pat Calf Compresion SleeveMedi-Dyne and several top retailers have partnered to create the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Pain Free Zone. There, you’ll be able to not only get further information on calf strains and other problems, but also ways to find relief. For example, you can find the Cho-Pat® Compression Sleeve, which provides both support and relief by maintaining warmth and improving circulation. The ProStretch Plus™ provides a deep stretch that helps create the long-term flexibility needed to prevent future calf strains. Visit or e-store or call us at 800-810-1740 to learn more.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment: Stretch with ProStretch Plus

ProStretchPlusPlantar Fasciitis Treatment is essential for athletes to get back to performing at their maximum capability. Plantar Fasciitis has been known to sideline athletes and will prohibit them from training.

Your plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue which runs across the bottom of your foot connecting your heel bone to your toes. Normally, it is a shock absorber, supporting the arch in your foot. But, if tension becomes too great it can create small tears in the fascia causing it to become irritated or inflamed.

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common injuries that most athletes experience.

The pain that is most commonly associated with Plantar Fasciitis is stabbing around the heel area. It is essential for athletes to invest in a Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in order to become injury free. Plantar Fasciitis prohibits athletes from practicing and performing at their maximum level.

If you’ve been relying on the curb for pre-run stretches, there’s something better. The ProStretch Plus enables you to stretch your tight calves, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia more efficiently than a curb or wall.

ProStretch Plus reaches tough spots like the Achilles, and provides support for controlled stretching. This increases flexibility, range of motion and performance while helping reduce the risk of injury.

Stretching on a curb has limitations:

  • You must stop your stretch and begin again when adjusting the depth of stretch on a curb or wall.
  • To reach all of the areas of the lower leg, you must position yourself various times, in different stretching positions.
  • The curb does not offer a stretch for the bottom of the foot.

Stretching with ProStretch Plus is simple and more efficient than a curb or wall:

  • To adjust your stretch on the ProStretch Plus, you simply rock backward until you reach the depth of stretch that you desire— never stopping your stretch.
  • You can fluidly move from one stretch to another with ProStretch Plus; starting with an Achilles tendon stretch, to Gastroc and Soleous calf stretches, even to a hamstring stretch, and ending with a shin splint prevention exercise.
  • The added toe piece helps to place the toes at a state of tension, stretching the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot—something that the curb is incapable of doing.

Curbs are for tires, not feet. If you want to run and play with confidence, you want to stretch like a pro. ProStretch Plus “foots” the bill.

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Always,

Lauren

Tools that are Essential for Long Distance Runners!

Howdy, hope everyone is off to a great week !

The Medi-Dyne Team had the opportunity to connect with Skye Donovan while at the APTA show in San Diego. Skye is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Marymount University, Orthopedic Certified Specialist, has a B.S. from Ursinus College, M.P.T. from Texas Woman’s University, a Ph.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as a Marathon Coach for Team In Training in Arlington, VA. She is also affiliated with the Rogue Racers! If you are in the area, I would highly recommend getting in contact with Skye if seeking additional information about Physical Therapy or needing advice on preparing for your running adventure! We loved getting to know Skye; she shared information about how to properly train for a marathon; in turn we wanted to share with her the positive benefits of our Pain Prevention Products and how they can benefit the people that she works with everyday!

Skye uses the RangeRoller and StretchRite, both versatile products that are great for long distance runners and patients in PT. Both of these products are great to treat tight muscles and soreness after long runs.

Medi-Dyne: Skye what drew you towards Medi-Dyne products?

Skye: I was not familiar with Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products before the APTA CSM conference in San Diego. I was drawn into the booth by the unique design of your products. I also was very fond of the fact that your products were travels sized and would easily fit in any bag I use while working, and training.

Medi-Dyne: Skye what is your favorite thing about the RangeRoller?

Skye: I especially like the additional Trigger Treads on the RangeRoller; they add areas of increased pressure to tired and sore muscles that the other roller products on the market leave out. I am better equipped to work on trigger points with this design.

Medi-Dyne: What did you find unique about the StretchRite?

Skye: The StretchRite has the nice feature of the grip handles, which on cold days (we train outdoors in all seasons) help save raw hands from chaffing that often occurs with other stretch straps.

Medi-Dyne: Would you recommend Medi-Dyne products to your patients and runners you train?

Skye: I would recommend these products to athletes, I think one of the best features is the size of the products; they can easily fit into suitcases and carry-on bags for athletes who travel. Often time’s athletes travel long distances for endurance events and it is important to be able to keep up their routine both before and after the event.  I have had great success working on quadriceps, hamstrings and ITB tightness with the Range Roller; it has eliminated my need for the foam roller.

The Medi-Dyne team would like to thank Skye for stopping by our booth and letting us get to know her a little better! If you are in Arlington, VA and looking for a PT or training coach I would highly recommend Skye.  She is full of knowledge and has a passion for her work!

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Always,

Lauren

Is lower back pain keeping you on the sideline?

Hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! I know I enjoyed the warm weather this weekend, and got my miles in outside under the sun. It is always nice to get a breath of fresh air and change it up from the usual gym routine. I struggle with back pain quite often when I run long distances, and if I stop immediately it usually results in no exercise for a week. Keeping that in the back of my mind I continued my run and worked through the pain I was experiencing.

The goal of an individual who suffers from back pain is obviously to obtain full mobility and reduce pain as soon as possible.  Our natural tendency when experiencing pain is to stop immediately and rest; to hopefully let it work itself out. On the contrary, a Finnish Study showed that individuals who continued physical activities after the onset of lower back pain appeared to be more flexible than those who were on bed rest.

In my personal opinion I believe it is important to continue activity to remain mobile. Your muscles will tighten up even more if you stop all activity immediately. On that note, you should continue to stretch and increase flexibility. I use the CoreStretch, which works wonders for lower back pain. It is easy to use and all you have to do is place your hands on the handles and lean forward. The CoreStretch will help prevent further injuries and  speed the recovery process. The CoreStretch allows your lower back tissues to relax and elongate to get the proper stretch that is needed.

4 Keys to keeping your Back Healthy are to:

  • Strengthen Your Core
  • Increase Flexibility
  • Work on Coordination and Balance
  • Check the Foundation

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Good Luck this week on your endeavors and make sure to stretch, to stay injury free!

 

Always,

Lauren

CoreStretch with Jennifer Edwards!

Hope everyone has been injury free this past week!
If not let us help you get back to being healthy and ready to tackle your next adventure!

I recently met Jennifer Edwards, the Clinical Director and a Physical Therapist at Apple Physical Therapy. Apple Physical Therapy is an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Washington.  Jennifer has lived a very active lifestyle and has been a Physical Therapist for nearly 13 years.  We asked Jennifer to test our CoreStretch product and give us some feedback.  Jennifer has been using the CoreStretch for about 3 weeks.

Jennifer has suffered from tight muscles and fascia her whole life, and really feels it in her hamstrings, IT band, and lats.

Medi-Dyne: What Medi-Dyne products do you currently use? Had you heard of Medi-Dyne before the CSM?

Jennifer: I particularly liked the Range Roller and the CoreStretch. I had never heard of Medi-Dyne before but had heard of certain products that you carry, such as the Cho-Pat braces and ProStretch.

Medi-Dyne: A few weeks ago we asked you to test the CoreStretch.  What did you think?

Jennifer: I love the Core Stretch, as does my staff.  The majority of my patients really like it as well.  We have been using it as part of a stretching regime after doing a cardio warm-up or after exercises.  We’ve mainly used it while sitting in a chair for hamstrings, Piriformis and lats.

Medi-Dyne: Would you continue to recommend the CoreStretch to patients?

Jennifer: There’s nothing like the CoreStretch so we weren’t using anything like this.  We just had people doing basic stretching without any assistive device.  We have recommended the CoreStretch to patients!

The Medi-Dyne Team would like to thank Jennifer for sharing her thoughts on the CoreStretch and wish Jennifer, her staff, and patients the best of luck in their recovery process!

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Always,

Lauren

Tight Hamstrings? Ouch!

Happy Tuesday!Hope everyone is pain and injury free today.

Thank you to RunOn! and all the runners who stretched with us after the training class on Sunday morning!  Remember the best way to remain on your feet is to continually stretch after physical activity in order to remain flexible. Saturday morning I went out for a quick run and my hamstrings felt extremely tight. I have been extremely busy this past week and have not taken the time each day to stretch my whole body out. Tight hamstrings can be the worst! Many times we forget that the body is an interconnected chain and if you do not take the time to address a problem it is going to cause other muscles to compensate and you’ll personally get to experience the domino effect – the pain will migrate and possibly cause even more pain & injury!

When I got home I immediately grabbed my CoreStretch. Since all physical action begins from the body’s core and the hamstrings are an important part of the core – I knew I needed to stretch right away! The CoreStretch works great for me, because all you have to do is place your hands on the bar and lean forward. It literally does the work for you! It allows the tissues to relax and elongate, decompressing the spine and stretching the hamstrings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CoreStretch will increase your range of motion, prevent injury, and speed recovery and reduce pain.

Anyone can use the CoreStretch, it is simple and the stretching is virtually unlimited. The CoreStretch also provides relief for:

  • Shin Splints
  • Back Pain
  • Piriformis Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Inflexibility

If you do not have a CoreStretch definitely INVEST in one it is great for multiple areas of the body and provides a stretch like I have never experienced before. If you do not have one on hand try these stretches to loosen up your tight hamstrings without the CoreStretch!

Good luck this week on your personal fitness challenges and stay loose!

Lauren

Run On! with Mitch Hayes

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday, I know I am. I attended the grand opening the other weekend of the Southlake, TX  location of RunOn! Talk about a lot of fitness fanatics in one place!

Thank you for stopping by the Medi-Dyne booth and stretching with us! While I was there I learned more about Camp Gladiator and My Fit Foods, which if you’re ever in the area I would definitely recommend checking them out. During the past week I have been contemplating what my next personal challenge would be. While at RunOn! I decided I would commit to training for a half marathon. The staff informed me that they provide classes that are geared toward all levels of runners to train for their distance goals.

Mitch Hayes is the Training Class Manager for Run-On! specialty running stores, a Dallas/Fort Worth based chain. Mitch has been a part of the RunOn! team for five years. He and his staff of coaches train about 3,000 runners each year, getting them ready for running events anywhere from 5ks to full marathons. He was very enjoyable to speak with, as well as very knowledgeable on the Marathon Circuit and what it takes to be successful.

Medi-Dyne: What athletic activity do you enjoy the most?

Mitch: I enjoy obviously running marathons but have found a passion for doing CrossFit as well. It gives you a total body workout and it is nice to change things up a little.

Medi-Dyne: How many Marathons have you run in your life?

Mitch: I have run 11 Full Marathons and 20 or so half marathons throughout my life. I will be running my 5th Chicago Marathon this fall. It is by far my favorite to run!

Medi-Dyne: What running shoes do you wear and which would you recommend?

Mitch: Personally for myself I recommend Brooks Trance and Mizuno Nirvana running shoes.

Medi-Dyne: What advice would you have for someone thinking about signing up for their first marathon?

Mitch: The hardest part is signing up and committing to the training. It takes about 20 weeks to train for a marathon and to get your body fully ready. RunOn! Is a full service running store, providing classes that help runners of all levels gain the knowledge they need to be successful in distance running, to achieve their personal goals.

Medi-Dyne: What products of Medi-Dyne do you use?

Mitch: I use the Single Step Stretch which is also known as the ProStretch twice a day, every day.

Medi-Dyne: What do you like about the ProStretch?

Mitch: I like the ProStretch because it really works! I started using the product about 3 years ago when I started having tight calves. The pain was so terrible I didn’t know if I was going to be able to continue running marathons. That’s when I tried the ProStretch. I use it twice a day, every day. It cured my tight calves, and I haven’t had any issues since when I first started using the product.

Medi-Dyne: When you’re training runners do you recommend Medi-Dyne Products?

Mitch: Yes to anybody! When my runners are having issues with their calves or Plantar Fasciitis, I always recommend investing in a ProStretch.

Medi-Dyne: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?

Mitch: Definitely Hamburger and Fries without a doubt!

Medi-Dyne: What is something most people do not know about you?

Mitch: That I have 2 Harley Davidson’s and love spending my free time riding!

I hope everyone enjoyed getting to know Mitch a little better as much as I did! If you are ever in the Dallas area, on Wednesday evenings, Run-On! has a social run at all store locations. Come out and say hello to Mitch and enjoy a nice run!

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Happy Running!

Lauren

RangeRoller Sore Muscles After Tough Practices

Running with Kids covers using the RangeRoller on sore muscles for tissue massage after tough runs or training, and even after taekwando practices for IT Bands and tight calves.

Gear Review – Tissue Massage with RangeRoller

RangeRoller CalvesWe have incorporated Medi-Dyne’s Pro Stretch Plus into our cool down and stretching routine after runs (read my review here). But there is another Medi-Dyne tool in our toolkit, the original Range Roller, that has become just as important after strenuous workouts. The Range Roller enables soft tissue massages and accelerates the healing and recovery process.

My older son, who runs high school cross country and track, used a hard foam roller for tissue massages, and I had considered buying one. I opted for the Range Roller for several reasons, including deeper tissue massage, more versatile applications with the tool, and very portable (throw it into a gym bag or backpack). He has since converted to the Range Roller.

RangeRoller IT BandsRecognizing the importance of stretching and massaging, my younger son has been using the Range Roller after runs as well, but opened our eyes when he asked for the Range Roller after his Taekwondo 2nd degree Black Belt test (read about this 90 minute test that requires nearly 1,000 hours of preparation). We now use the Range Roller after runs (example: helps disipate lactic acid after threshold and anaerobic track workouts by improving blood circulation to muscles) and after Taekwondo practice (example: helps reduce soreness and repair tissue after Taekwondo sparring session by improving blood circulation to tissue).

What we like:

RangeRoller’s Unique Design

  • The original Range Roller measures 19 inches long and contains 6 narrow, deep rollers alternating with 7 wider, shallow rollers that turn freely as the Range Roller is gently and firmly rolled to massage tissue.
  • The tool is held with foam handles on both ends and flexes slightly as pressure is applied.
  • It is portable (bring along to a track workout, martial arts practice, or fitness center) and easy to store.
  • A smaller (16 inch) and larger (25 inch) version is also available.
  • The Range Roller can be ordered in your favorite color combinations (think sports teams!)

RangeRoller’s Materials and Quality

  • The Range Roller is manufactured of high quality plastic and dense foam, and can be gently washed with mild soap.
  • We are impressed with the overall quality of the Range Roller (design, materials, and workmanship) and expect to use it daily for many years to come.

RangeRoller’s Affordable Price

  • The Range Roller costs $25 at Medi-Dyne.com.
  • Less expensive (and more versatile) than foam rollers, and a fraction of the cost of sports massages!

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We look forward to providing you with innovative, easy-to-use solutions that really work! For more information visit www.medi-dyne.com, or connect with us @MediDyne.

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Stay Off the Curb: Stretch with ProStretch Plus

If you’ve been relying on the curb for pre-run stretches, there’s something better. The ProStretch Plus enables you to stretch your tight calves, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia more efficiently than a curb or wall.

ProStretch Plus reaches tough spots like the Achilles, and provides support for controlled stretching. This increases flexibility, range of motion and performance while helping reduce the risk of injury.

Stretching on a curb has limitations:

  • You must stop your stretch and begin again when adjusting the depth of stretch on a curb or wall.
  • To reach all of the areas of the lower leg, you must position yourself various times, in different stretching positions.
  • The curb does not offer a stretch for the bottom of the foot.

 

Stretching with ProStretch Plus is simple and more efficient than a curb or wall:

  • To adjust your stretch on the ProStretch Plus, you simply rock backward until you reach the depth of stretch that you desire— never stopping your stretch.
  • You can fluidly move from one stretch to another with ProStretch Plus; starting with an Achilles tendon stretch, to Gastroc and Soleous calf stretches, even to a hamstring stretch, and ending with a shin splint prevention exercise.
  • The added toe piece helps to place the toes at a state of tension, stretching the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot—something that the curb is incapable of doing.

Curbs are for tires, not feet. If you want to run and play with confidence, you want to stretch like a pro. ProStretch Plus “foots” the bill.

Medi-Dyne Acquires Cho-Pat Support Products

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products Acquires Cho-Pat to enhance its position as  an International Leader in Pain Relief and Prevention.

September 17, 2012 (Colleyville, TX) – Medi-Dyne Healthcare products, a leading producer of innovative pain prevention products announces the acquisition of Cho-Pat® .

Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap

Cho-Pat®, like Medi-Dyne, is recognized for  innovative and highly effective products which are recommended by medical professionals, physical therapists, athletic trainers, professional athletes, and active individuals for their role in eliminating pain and discomfort.

“Medi-Dyne has always offered pain prevention products that are easy to use and really work.  The acquisition of the Cho-Pat line of products provides a unique and important opportunity to enhance our ability to offer complete pain relief and prevention solutions to athletes, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other medical professionals,” said Craig DiGiovanni of Medi-Dyne.

The acquisition of Cho-Pat augments Medi-Dyne’s comprehensive selection of products and is consistent with the strategy of providing key pain relief and prevention solutions along the entire length of the body’s interconnective chain of muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments.

Cho-Pat Achilles Tendon Support

“Building on the  foundation of strong brands such as Tuli’s®, ProStretch®, CoreStretch® and RangeRoller® we’re adding the Cho-Pat Original Knee Strap™ and the Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap™  as well as products such as the Golfer’s Elbow Strap™ and Achilles tendon  strap™ which were developed in cooperation with the sports/medicine staff at the Mayo Clinic™. This secures Medi-Dyne’s position as a leading international provider of pain relief and prevention products,” notes DiGiovanni.

Cho-Pat® products and Medi-Dyne products are made in the U.S.A.

For more information, or to purchase Cho-Pat or Medi-Dyne support products go to www.Medi-Dyne.com.

RangeRoller: Hard to Reach Muscles

Chuck Swanson is a runner/athlete born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska.   He runs a couple marathons and 3-6 road races every year, and he intends to run an ultra marathon (50 miles) in the near future.  Chuck’s training includes 30-60 miles of running each week, increasing during peak training times.

As a runner, Chuck has suffered many aches and pains. His list includes fighting issues with; illiotibial band syndrome (ITBS or IT Band Syndrome), plantar fasciitis, calf strains and tight calf muscles, as well as Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) issues, to name a few. Chuck was given the opportunity to use and review the RangeRoller, for deep tissue massage therapy. Here is what Chuck said;

“I like the RangeRoller’s ability to help get those sore spots that need a little ‘TLC’.  The RangeRoller is easy to use and is easy to take to races, both close and far away.  It is easily cleaned up and is compact and effective.

massage stick for calf pain tight calvesI use the RangeRoller to get to those spots that my foam roller can’t reach or get to.  It is a great item to help with this because of the raised pieces [Trigger Treads] that allow for a more ART [Active Release Technique] type therapy.  I am able to get out the soreness and muscle trauma spots with ease.  I also use the RangeRoller at races to help get my muscles loose and warmed up before my races, in addition to dynamic stretches and jogging/running.

I use the RangeRoller at home, in my car (close local races), and at the hotel/motel (farther destination type races).  Outside or inside the product is easy to use, and can be used anywhere you want really.

RangeRoller massage for foot painThe RangeRoller can sometimes pull the hair out of my legs when I use it, but the rewards far exceed the pain!

This product is unique and I didn’t really have anything similar to it.  I use a foam roller and the RangeRoller together because they work similar but are great compliments to one another.  I was in the market and ready to purchase The Stick and saw a tweet that intervened, the rest is history.  I am glad I was able to get the RangeRoller to try and am definitely a fan.

illiotibial band massage rollerI would definitely recommend this product to a friend.  I would recommend it because I have ZERO doubts that it has helped me go through my first training cycle for a marathon injury free.  I have always encountered some type of injury that has caused me to miss at least a week of training in every marathon I have run (8 total).  This training cycle has been different and I have honestly never felt better health wise.

The RangeRoller has helped with my chronic ITBS issues and calf issues.  Paired with my foam roller and Bio Freeze, it works hand in hand with getting me out to train and doing it injury free. “

For more information on deep tissue massage therapy or to purchase the RangeRoller visit www.medi-dyne.com.

Professionals Use ProStretch for Injury Prevention

Chain Reaction Injuries

Have you ever sprained an ankle only to find a week later you’re suffering from lower back pain? Then you’ve experienced first-hand how weak links put undue stress on stronger ones.

Weak muscles cause tighter (stronger) muscles to be recruited by the central nervous system in order to perform the same movement. The results are muscle imbalances and “chain reaction injuries”.

ProStretch for Calf Stretches

Pictured: The ProStretch Double (Original Wooden) on the pre-season game sidelines of the Dallas Cowboys. The ProStretch Double Wooden is the heavy duty version of Medi-Dyne’s popular ProStretch Plus. This bigger and stronger version is often used by pro teams, fitness clubs and clinics.

One of the most critical muscles to keep flexible are the calf muscles. Calf injuries or even just tightness can move in either direction of the body’s interconnective chain, causing Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, knee pain, tight hamstrings or even lower back pain.

Stretching with ProStretch products strengthens and stretches the calf muscles and ligaments in the calf muscles, plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, keeping the lower leg strong, balanced, and healthy!

To purchase a ProStretch, or for more information on chain reaction injuries and injury prevention techniques and tools, visit medi-dyne.com.