Friday, July 28, 2017

Product Review: The Stinger, the best in Ice Massage (Recoup Fitness)

Product Specs:
  • Cold Therapy Meets Massage – Place the Stinger in the Freezer for 2 hours and enjoy up to six hours of cold therapy.
  • Like any roll massage product, chose a muscle group and firmly apply pressure through the chosen area. Roll back and forth. You should feel the stretching and release of tension in the area, and, while some tight areas may require a little working, it shouldn’t be painful.
  • The bottom blue ring can unscrew from the top handle, allowing you to use the ball for specific exercises like foot massage / Foot stretching.
  • Use to massage any muscle group: Biceps, Chest, Shoulders, Forearms, Thighs, Shins, Feet, Triceps, Back, Calves
  • Features a gel-filled stainless steel ball with a removable plastic housing
1) Place the ball in the freezer: 2 hours in the freezer for up to 6 hours of sweet, sweet cold relief

2) Like any roll massage product, chose a muscle group and firmly apply pressure through the chosen area. Roll back and forth. You should feel the stretching and release of tension in the area, and, while some tight areas may require a little working, it shouldn't be painful.

3) Note that the bottom blue ring can unscrew from the top handle, allowing you to use the ball for specific exercises like foot massage.

 

My Review:

This Stinger Roller Ball is able to be frozen. If you want to apply cold therapy than this is a great tool do to its dual purpose myo fascial release massage properties. Designed to provide massage and ice therapy, this smooth stainless-steel ball is housed in plastic grip, while the portable, easy-to-grip design enables on-the-go injury prevention. Removable comfort grip.You put it in the freezer for two hours before use, then pop the steel ball into the black, textured grip. The ball does freely roll inside the grip and it is perfectly smooth, nothing at all to catch or rub your skin. It feels cold, but not shocking like an ice cube against bare skin. Leaving it in one spot for several minutes doesn't generate that frozen, over done feeling you get from a traditional ice pack.

The website includes several different instructions (especially videos on their youtube) for specific placement and use suggestions during a workout and after to benefit specific muscles. This was really handy and showed me several areas to treat with the cold roller ball that I wouldn't have thought of. I was able to find relief from plantar fascitis using it alone and if you have someone to roll it for you, it can really be nice on a sore lower back. This cryoroller is a very reasonable alternative to OTC medication or smelly creams. I will keep this in our freezer and ready to use all the time now.

Moving it around provides much the same benefits as an ice cup, which has been used in the Athletic Training world for many years. My only complaint is that it does not quite reach the same temperature as ice, but since it is only a couple degrees difference it offsets the dripping mess that ice cups create, so this critique is minimal.


My Overall Rating:  8.9/10
It is well built, can be used for cold therapy & comes in a versatile housing. It will be a great addition to your recovery routine!!


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