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Massage Stick vs. The QL Claw

There is nothing quite like the feeling of a good massage. Whether you are seeking stress relief from working out or looking to relieve tight knots in your muscles, finding the right massage tool can be difficult. With so many massage tools on the market, it can be tough deciding which one is right for you. Two popular options are the QL Claw and the common massage stick. While both products are designed to promote relaxation and alleviate soreness, the QL Claw and massage stick have some key differences that can make one more useful than the other. In this blog post, we will take a closer look and explore the benefits each tool has to offer. So, let's dive in! 

Trigger Point Massage Stick


What To Expect

Just by looking at the Massage Stick next to the QL Claw, there is a noticeable difference in shape and function.  The massage stick is equipped with a rolling accessory, while the QL Claw is one solid structure.  In the massage stick's case, the purpose of this function is to roll over the surface of the muscle, in attempt to relieve muscle pain or soreness.  The QL Claw on the other hand is designed for deeper muscle penetration and trigger point relief. 

Trigger points are sensitive, tension-filled areas in the muscle that cause pain and stiffness.  Trigger points can be released through deep-tissue muscle massage.  

QL Claw Trigger Point Massage Stick Release  

QL Claw releases tension in the Quadratus Lumborum (QL Muscle) in the low back.  


Benefits and Risks

Tools like the massage stick and foam roller are great tools for leg muscle soreness.  Especially in the quadriceps, the massage stick can easily access soreness throughout the surface of the muscle.  A risk with the massage stick's design is how shallow the roller reaches into the muscle.  Since the massage stick is not equipped with a "hook" or "spike" to dig into the muscle, it will be more difficult to relieve deep muscle tension.  Another issue with the massage stick is the limited accessibility the massage stick has on the entire body.  With a "self-massage stick", it is almost impossible to be used on the lower or upper back as a "back massage stick".  

Massage stick vs QL Claw

The Beauty of the QL Claw vs the massage stick is how effective yet effortless it is to use.  When going to a physical therapist or chiropractor for back or hip pain they will often break up tense and stiff muscles that have been left inactive and dormant. 

The QL Claw was built to replace the need for a therapist or chiropractor to dig deep into your muscles.  The hook on the end of the QL Claw is designed to mimic an elbow or knuckle of a pt professional or chiropractor to dig deep into the muscle trigger point.  Once you've located the trigger point, the hook is equipped to dig deep enough to break up the tight muscle tissue causing you pain.


Summary Of The QL Claw And Massage Stick:

Both the massage stick and the QL Claw serve useful purposes. They are both unique on-the-go tools that help deal with breaking down muscle tissue in the luxury of your own home.  

The massage stick is great for athletes that are looking to decrease muscle soreness (mainly in the legs) from high intensity workouts. The QL Claw is designed for overall pain relief, increasing overall mobility, and preventing injury from trigger points. I own a massage stick and the QL Claw myself and get great use out of both, but I have benefited more from the QL Claw.  

With the current popularity of the massage stick, the QL Claw serves a special purpose that you will not get out of any other therapy tool on the market. Check out the video below on the QL Claw being used on the quadratus lumborum muscle of the lower back. 



[1] Donnelly, Joseph M. Travell, Simons & Simons Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: the Trigger Point Manual. 3rd ed., Wolters Kluwer Health, 2019.

[2] Davies, Clair, and Amber Davies. The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief. 3rd ed., New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2013.


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