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What’s the difference between foam rollers and massage sticks?

Foam rollers and massage sticks are great recovery tools. Both are very effective and are go to products for athletes, sports players, personal trainers and fitness enthusiasts, but what’s the difference?

What is Massage?

Massage is the action of rubbing and kneading the body’s muscles and joints to treat pain, tight and aching muscles, tension and stress. There are a number of different forms of massage. Here are three popular choices and the benefits that they can offer.

After a tough workout when you’re feeling sore you’ll thank yourself for ensuring you have some recovery tools at hand. Recovery is an essential part of any workout. Massagers have a key part to play as they increase blood flow, helping to reduce inflammation. Foam rollers are a go to product which help to relieve muscle tightness and soreness. Applying your full body weight to the foam roller and rolling it over the affected area gives you a deep soft tissue massage which can speed up the recovery process. A massage stick is another great tool for releasing muscle tightness and speeding up recovery. Massage sticks are easy to use by simply rolling the stick over the area to be treated. They come in various lengths so you can choose the most appropriate one for you. They are lightweight and easy to carry in your sports bag. You can also use them as a warm up tool to help relax muscles and reduce the risk of injury. Massage balls work in a similar way to foam rollers in that they release tension and soreness in stiff, achy muscles and ligaments. They help to increase blood circulation which promotes healing and are perfect for some of the harder to reach areas line the feet and upper back.