The lovely folks at Medi-Dyne, after hearing about my Achilles issues on Twitter (at least I think that is how they found me), asked if I would be interested in reviewing a product of theirs.
I was asked to take a look at the products, and choose one. They ended up sending me both the Original ProStretch and the RangeRoller! Please see my thoughts on the products below:
Product: Original ProStretch
Price: $30.00 USD
Product Description: Patented rocker that holds your foot in place to facilitate proper stretching. Can be used to provide relief for heel pain, plantar fasciitis, shin splits, Achilles tendonitis, ankle weakness, and strained calves.
Pros: The simplistic design of the ProStretch makes using this tool simple too. It’s great for beginners, and for those who are more experienced with stretching and using stretching aids, when looking for a deeper stretch. It elevates you off of the ground to really get a deep stretch. Works with all sizes of feet, and is made of very durable plastic.
Cons: The website claims that this stretching tool is portable and easy to use. I find the stretching aid useful for facilitating proper stretching, but I don’t feel like the portability is there for me. I don’t think I would leave room for this item in my suitcase if I were going on a trip or traveling to a race, as it is quite big. This is pretty much the only thing that I find ‘wrong’ with this product and I use ‘wrong’ loosely, because I would still use this at home.
Overall: I think that the ProStretch is a very useful tool for stretching. I used it quite a bit when my Achilles was still acting up and it really did provide a stretch that wasn’t attainable on my own with a step-back calf/Achilles stretch. You are elevated off of the ground and as your foot rocks backward and forward you really begin to feel the deep stretch that you need. If you suffer from any of the issues above or are prone to these injuries, this is a great tool. I would combine the use of this tool with other stretches that you can do without equipment to really make sure you have options when traveling or when you are not at home.
Product: RangeRoller XL
Price: $40.00 USD
Product Description: The XL can be used on your back and legs. It is a massage therapy tool that gives you an effective deep tissue massage. It is designed to simulate the effects of a personal massage, but without the high cost.
Pros: I have used many foam rollers before. This one is my favourite for really honing in on certain trouble areas – like the hamstrings, calves and quads. I also used this tool on my lower back. With a traditional roller it would take a long time to get the results that I did with this product. I had the RangeRoller at work for awhile, and it peaked interest there. Some of my co-workers tried it out and were shocked/impressed with how well this product worked. I also enjoy that it can be used by anyone regardless of size or shape, which is great!
Cons: To be honest, I can’t think of any. I would still go for a deep tissue massage on occasion, even when using this. Nothing wrong with treating yourself sometimes 🙂
Overall: I love the RangeRoller. I’d recommend to anyone who’s looking for a tool that really helps deliver a deep tissue massage on your legs or lower back!
Thanks to Medi-Dyne for sending me these great products to try out! I will most definitely put these two products to great use 🙂
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*