Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Soothing Giveaway

It's about time for another giveaway, isn't it? I thought so.

In another post I mentioned that my muscles have been really tight since I started picking up my cardio since my injury. Perfectly timed, the nice people at Professional Therapy MuscleCare by Dr Chris Oswald reached out to me and asked if I'd try their product! I think they knew I needed something!



They sent me two products - the MuscleCare pain relieving ointment and the roll-on version. I chose to try out the ointment and Woody didn't mind trying it either. We've both used it a few times, before and after working out and also before bed. 

According to the package insert, MuscleCare:
  • relieves pain
  • reduces inflammation
  • minimizes muscle tension and spasm
  • promotes healing
  • improves circulation
  • can penetrate muscles and joints
  • can be used both proactively and reactively (before and after workouts)
Woody and I both noticed a cooling sensation when we first put it on that lasts for several minutes. It soaks in quickly and isn't greasy, which is definitely nice. There is a menthol scent, which does fade, but you may not want to head out for a non-fitness activity right after putting it on unless you don't mind a few looks or questions. To try it out, one morning I put some on my legs before the gym while Woody was in the other room with the door closed. As soon as he came out he asked if I had used it because he could smell it. It's not a bad scent at all, just noticeable. But, the tension relief is worth it.

Along with stretching, Woody and I will continue to use this product to loosen stiff muscles and I'm very thankful to have had the chance to give it a try. 

Now, it's your turn!

One lucky reader will win their own Professional Therapy MuscleCare Roll-On to try. I know you runners, walkers, gym-goers, and bikers have aches and pains every once in a while and are looking for a way to soothe them. Here's your chance.

Two ways to enter, leave a separate comment for each entry. The giveaway ends at 8pm Wednesday June 15th. 

1. Which muscles seem to bother you the most?
2. What is your favorite stretch?

The fine print: open to residents of the US and Canada only. The product I tried and the giveaway item were provided by Active and Innovative Inc, I was not paid for this review.

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Good luck!!
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Today's workout -
none. rest day.

35 comments:

Laura said...

My IT bands are like guitar strings according to my PT guy. Lately my upper back muscles are so sore - I know it is from golfing....

Laura said...

I actually don't 'like' this stretch but I know that pigeon pose is good for me so I force it into my routine.

Danielle said...

My hamstrings seem to be bothering me the most.

misszippy said...

My hammies are always tight!

Danielle said...

My favorite stretch is for the hip flexor-http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretching/SM00043&slide=5

misszippy said...

Instead of stretching I do yoga

Rachel said...

My calves are always tight after a long run. I would love something to loosen them up!

Rachel said...

I love putting my foot up on the curb and leaning into it...anything to loosen up my calves. :)

Erin Masihdas said...

My calves have been driving me crazy lately! I love a good calf stretch! (and a good calf massage...ha ha ha)

Erin Masihdas said...

Accidentally put both comments in one....i love a good calf stretch!

ozone3 said...

My right hamstring is always tight...not really sore, just can always "feel it" during a run.

ozone3 said...

I like the following stretch for both ITB Band & my Hamstrings:

http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=6099 (#2 stretch)

Elle said...

I have the most trouble with my shins for some reason. If I am going to get cramps, that is where they happen.

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Elle said...

I do stretch calves, hip flexors, hams, quads, glutes, and have started stretching IT Band and love that stretch.

madeline said...

My piriformis muscles tend to bother me the most, and then it creates a lot of sciatica pain!

madeline said...

My favorite stretch is the pigeon yoga stretch because it really loosens my glutes :)

Michelle said...

Without a doubt my hamstrings are my trouble spot!

Michelle said...

I'm not very good a stretching but I am trying to do more yoga and love Yamuna Body Rolling!

undeterrable said...

Calves! Soleus and Gastroc! So much evil going on on the back of my legs.

undeterrable said...

I definitely haven't been stretching like I used to in my dancing days but I'm trying to do more yoga. Favorite stretches - Pigeon Pose and Tibetan Prayer Squat. Deliciously painful...

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Forward Foot Strides said...

No necessarily a muscle, but my ankle is problematic!

Forward Foot Strides said...

My favourite stretch is the one where you stand up on a bench and lower your heel down. No idea what it's called though!

Sena said...

My hamstrings bother me the most

Sena said...

I am starting to do yoga for stretching....

canyoncairns said...

My IT band and glues are the worst!

canyoncairns said...

I love pigeon and a modified version of this: http://www.the-fitness-motivator.com/images/IT_stretch.jpg

edmontonjb said...

My calves tend to bother me.

edmontonjb said...

I love a good hamstring stretch.

Charlene V said...

My lower back muscles.

charlenevidal@live.ca

Charlene V said...

My favourite stretch is the crossed leg stretch.
Helps lower back pain.

charlenevidal@live.ca

Molly said...

Hamstrings!!!

Molly said...

I like to cross my legs, then lean over them to get a good stretch. Then I switch legs then do it again. Works great.

runningonwords said...

My IT band has been feeling like an overstretched rubber band lately.

runningonwords said...

My favorite stretch is Warrior 2.