The Little Massage RangeRoller That Could

FIRST: I want to wish lots of luck to Erika from You Just Did What?! who is running the SoCal Ragnar Relay this weekend.  She’ll be running from Hunington Beach to Coronado Beach (as part of a relay team) over the course of 24 hours.  I’m sending happy thoughts for her not to fall asleep in the middle of the road!

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You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I won the #runchat giveaway, and my prize was a Medi-Dyne RangeRoller (at first, I thought I won a Range Rover and I was REALLY excited!).

After some pleasant email exchanges with Lara from Medi-Dyne, my RangeRoller came in the mail a few days ago.  As I suspected, the RangeRoller is a deep tissue massage stick

Before I get into a review, I want to emphasize how incredibly important products like these are for runners, cyclists, endurance athletes, cross-fitters, etc.

In addition to causing discomfort, tight muscles can create a whole array of other problems.  For example, Plantar Fasciitis (my biggest running injury fear aside from collapsing inches away from the finish line)  is sometimes caused by having tight calf muscles that pull on the bones in your foot.  The PlanFas will keep you away from running for a year, which is really not cool.

So, in order to stay healthy, muscles need to be loose and flexible.  Aside from professional massage therapists, using tools like foam rollers and massage sticks is a great way to make sure that you stay injury (and discomfort) free!

Personally, I’m not a fan of foam rollers.  They are big and cumbersome, they don’t really give me the pressure I want, and they aren’t very flexible.

The Lavenders use both the extra long version of The Stick, and The Stick fascia ball.

{The Sticks}

 

The Medi-Dyne RangeRoller is a similar item.  It’s a massage stick designed to loosen muscles and prevent injuries.   As far as I can tell, if you use either, you will get the same benefits, however the RangeRoller has some neat features.

(For this giveaway, I chose the Original 19 inch RangeRoller).

Things I love about the RangeRoller:

1) You can choose the color combination of your “bead things” (do they have a real name?). This is kind of a selling point for me. I was beyond excited when Lara asked me what color combination I wanted! I chose periwinkle, but there are multiple options.

2)  The multi-dimensional “bead things”.  The 3-D beads dig deeper in the muscle making me wither in pain (from what I understand, this means the roller is working). It looks as if this is the signature feature of Medi-Dyne.  It really does feel like it is hitting spots that I haven’t been able to reach before. 

3) The comfort grip handles.  They are perfect for my tiny hands, and the grip is easy to grasp and comfortable to hold.

4) Price. My RangeRoller retails at a very reasonable $24.99.  (The Stick is more expensive, FYI).

5) The 19 inch Original stick (the one I got) is perfect for travel.  They also have a Pro (firmer for deeper massage), and an XL model giving you lots of options.  I will say that I’d be a little scared to try the Pro model since the Original gets pretty deep.

Things I like about Medi-Dyne

1) Their customer service and social media presence.  Obviously I didn’t have the typical customer experience (I don’t think Lara will email everyone back and forth about color combinations), but I feel like the company is very accessible if I ever had any problems or questions.  They encourage customer feedback and interaction.

6) The range of products.  Seriously, wherever you hurt they have something for you.

7) Their website: it is super easy to navigate and ridiculously informative. You can check it out at www.medi-dyne.com.

Constructive Criticism

I always, no matter what try to provide feedback (comes from those days in school where you had to do three compliments and a constructive critisism for peer evaulations).  And really, I’m good at finding things to improve on, even in the most seemingly perfect situations.  Just ask my husband.

I don’t have anything bad to say about the RangeRoller or my experience with Medi-Dyne. The only thing I can think of is that the craftsmanship isn’t quite as good as The Stick, but it works just as well, so this doesn’t bother me at all. 

Truthfully, I think the RangeRoller is a great product.  It does what it needs to do.  I think what differentiates it in my mind is the attention to detail.  Does the periwinkle/white color combination make my muscles more flexible? No.  But it adds a nice touch, and it makes me feel like my needs for a bright colorful things are taken seriously by the company.

I absolutely recommend the RangeRoller, and encourage getting yourself a massage stick if you do any type of exercise and don’t want to get injured.  In the three days I’ve been using it, my legs have felt great, and I feel ready to tackle my half marathon this weekend.  You don’t get to Boston by not taking care of yourself!

{Our massage Stick Roller Family}

(Obvious statement: While my RangeRoller was awarded to me free of charge with the understanding that I would provide my feedback, I was not compensated for, or even asked to do my blog review.  There is currently not a nice Medi-Dyne staff person holding a water gun to my head, making me write favorable things about them.  My views are my own, and I can’t be bought!…usually…).

Also, Lara asked if I could send some pictures of the RangeRoller in action.  I have a feeling this isn’t what they meant… Nice ankle sock tan!

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5 thoughts on “The Little Massage RangeRoller That Could

  1. AMY!! THANK YOU! You have no idea how much excitement is in the air right now and how much the shoutout means!!! I read your blog first this morning (note: before coffee) at 5:30 am and it got me pumped! Ready to do this!
    I need to get me a roller. I have a foam roller and I like it but the small one seems easier to take places!!

  2. I was so excited that you won that giveaway!! 🙂 I think this looks like an awesome product and would def be a good complementary thing to use along with my foam roller 🙂

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