What a fabulous training tool and methodology! Stick Mobility isn’t just a glorified PVC pipe. I can’t see Stick Mobility being another one of those ‘flash in the pan’ fitness crazes; it’s got a huge depth and scope to it.
Cheap PVC pipes have been used in gyms for many a year now to help people stretch muscles, but after you spend 15 minutes using a Stick Mobility stick you will see how much more safe and versatile they are and how beneficial they can be. The unique design of the stick allows it to repeatedly bend – much further than you would expect, yet spring back to its starting position every time. They just don’t break.
The range of patients its suitable for will cater for pretty much all physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and fitness clinics in the UK. There aren’t many patients who wouldn’t be able to do something with Stick Mobility training, and I can’t think of another treatment concept that covers so many patient groups, sports and general health promotion as Stick Mobility.
Although it might look very simple and easy to an observer, once you grab a stick in your hand and try it out you will find out just how tough it can be. That said there are also so many moves that provide gentle, sustained and very pleasant stretching feelings.
Building on the concept that flexibility is important for the musculoskeletal system, but more important is how the body is able to harness the range of motion around a joint within the parameters of muscle strength, control and feedback, Stick Mobility is so much more than just a flexibility tool. Yes its great for stretching, but also as a muscle stabilizer, strengthener and sensorimotor control facilitator. The combination of all these elements gives rise to mobility in a controlled way for the musculoskeletal system. It allows people to get strong in the positions they currently aren’t. In turn this should help recovery from injury, reduce the risk of injuries and help to improve athletic performance and general function.
I love the way that rather than patients having to use a lot of complex brain power to get certain muscles to engage, the use of the stick allows an easy way to work via the attention to action model. Pushing, pulling or bending the super flexible stick allows the body to naturally engage the muscles it needs to stabilize the system. This will be so valuable to many patients who really struggle to ‘get’ a lot of exercises from other treatment concepts or classic physiotherapy style exercises. It will be especially beneficial for those who have poor sensory motor awareness.
Whilst concepts like Pilates have undoubtedly helped so many people, in my clinic some are put off by an errant stereotype that its just for women, or they may be really keen to join in a group but are worried they may be the only gentleman in the group and it could be seen they are there for reasons other than rehabilitation and fitness.
Stick Mobility has the opportunity to help these clinic groups, as it’s so new and doesn’t have the preconceived ideas associated with other fitness and rehabilitation treatment programs. Its for everyone and can be undertook by anyone
The use of the stick gives people something to work with and get lots of feedback from. Its unique properties allow it to give instant feedback to the patient but also be super safe that they can be confident it won’t break even as they increase their confidence in bending it with some of the more advanced stretches.
It’s been great to see patients eyes light up as they try some of the moves themselves with the stretches and hear many a groan as they engage muscles which haven’t been used to great degrees for a while.
For nervous exercisers or those with chronic conditions or aberrant nervous system pain processes, the stick can give them so much confidence and gives them something to work with. They can have a focus on the stick and their interaction with it rather than just solely be aware of how their body is or isn’t moving.
There are so many ways to use the stick, so many progressions that it will keep people engaged and challenged for years to come. Even once injuries are resolved and function restored I can see many patients wishing to continue using the concept to maintain and develop the abilities of their musculoskeletal system.
From one to one rehabilitation and training to running groups or using it with sports clubs and teams there is little to hold back the range of uses of Stick Mobility. I can see it being a great team building exercise concept for team sports. The ‘buy in’ from patients using them has been instantaneous as soon as we had them in our clinic.
As a physiotherapist and sportsman myself I am really blown away by how effective Stick Mobility is. It will be a concept used in my physiotherapy clinic for the foreseeable future. I’ve been excited about its start and looking forwards to seeing how it develops further over the years.
I would strongly encourage you to grab a Stick Mobility stick, have a good go and see for yourself how you can bend yourself into better shape.
Robert Grainger MSc MCSP HCPC CSCS
Practice Principal PhysioFixx Physiotherapy Clinic
Former Lead Physiotherapist Sky Pro Cycling Team and Physiotherapist British Cycling.