How it Works

The Stick has been the focus of numerous articles, manuscripts, awards and honors.  Eight independent studies corroborate its effectiveness and ongoing research continues to expand its boundaries.

“Normal Muscles do not contain trigger points. Normal muscles have no taut bands of muscle fibers, are not tender to firm palpation,…and do not refer pain in response to applied pressure.”
Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, Janet G. Travell, MD & David G. Simons, MD 

Physiology Behind the Technology

The Stick™ is founded on solid, scientific evidence in muscle physiology. It employs a sophistication that attracts top level athletes, performing artists and those who aspire to obtain peak physical performance.

The Stick™ engages the use of a simple, easy to use tool called the The Stick. The Stick is a non-motorized device that is composed of a semi-rigid core around which independent, 1 inch spindles freely spin. This instrument was engineered to assist healthcare providers in the deep manipulation of soft tissues such as muscle.

The Stick has proved to be highly effective at its intended function, but new evidence strongly suggests that the benefits of Intracell Technology™ far outpace its original intentions. Read “The Stick for Athletes” to see the benefits of The Stick which were researched by Dr. Andrew Bonci of the Sport Biomechanics Laboratory in New York.

Muscle Management Techniques
Nutritional Biomechanics

The Stick helps to strengthen your muscles by employing Nutritional Biomechanics.

Here’s a short definition:

“In principle, Nutritional Biomechanics exploits the unique biomechanical relationship between muscle and its nutrient delivery system. Patient care for fibromyalgia syndrome, trigger point pain, muscle strain and delayed muscle soreness is especially magnified by supplementing the patient with a balanced nutritional drink 20-30 minutes prior to therapeutic stretching and massage. Such a protocol will insure that the blood entering the newly relaxed muscle is nutrient-dense. A full complement of nutrients will provide the raw materials needed for healing.”
– Dr. Andrew S. Bonci | Copyright 1992, All Rights Reserved Dr. Andrew S. Bonci Sport Biomechanics Laboratory

Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Trigger Points

What is Fibromyalgia Syndrome?

The condition can affect people in many different ways, however the major symptoms include diffuse muscular pain, ache, soreness and stiffness. Frequently waking during sleep and rising unrefreshed are companion symptoms. Memory loss and irritable bowel complaints are other symptoms that often accompany fibromyalgia syndrome.

Trigger points and tender points, are they the same thing?

Sometimes this is difficult to address because the conditions are often found in concert with each other. A safe way to differentiate the two is by pain patterns. Remember, the pain of Fibromyalgia Syndrome is widespread, hence the tender points will also be widespread. Trigger point pain is found in a condition known as myofascial pain syndrome, which may be highly localized or regional. An active trigger point will also refer pain when palpated, while a tender point is more likely to just cause more pain at the local site. Also, the prognosis for trigger points is more favorable than tender points.

Barrier Trigger Points

Barrier trigger points are inflexible bands of muscle containing knots. These barriers set an artificial ceiling on muscle performance by restricting blood flow to the muscle. And, unrestricted blood flow is vital for both high performance and full recovery from exercise. Intracell Technology lifts the ceiling on performance by extinguishing barrier trigger points.

Copyright 1992, All Rights Reserved Dr. Andrew S. Bonci Sport Biomechanics Laboratory

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