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March 26, 2012

What’s in the Box?

What’s in the Box?

I never win anything. So when Kelly Reeme of Flex-n-Go told me I had won a Heel Cord Box I didn’t really know exactly what it was, but I was pretty excited.

Actually, I had read briefly about Kelly’s product a number of months ago.  She saw that I posted about foot pain and suggested that I might look at her product as a solution. I looked – but seeing that it targeted that Achilles Tendon and lower leg flexibility, it didn’t seem like it would help the pain in my arch so much.

Then I won one. That was cool.

The box arrived right right as I was preparing to take off for business in Europe. I opened it – the boards are handcrafted and they are very simple and – in a way – pretty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took the board out of the shipping box and set it on the floor in my living room.

At this point the exact words of of my 10-year-old were:

Cool mom! Can I use it as a skateboard ramp?

Uh…No.

Since I was leaving for Italy and Austria the next day, I didn’t really get to do much more than look. I checked out the basic instructions, tried the device briefly myself, and figured that I would come back and play with it after my trip. I actually had a thought that maybe I would find someone with tight lower legs to gift it to because I am very flexible and I figured that I probably knew someone who would really benefit from this product.

Then I went to Europe. I was there on business, but on my last day in Austria, I went skiing in Saalfelden. It was beautiful. It was also super icy. Towards the end of the day I lost an edge on the ice and fell pretty hard. It would not have been so very bad except my ski did not release form the binding causing my leg to twist and…well, I felt it happen. When things stretch too far they snap, rip, tear. In this case it was my left soleus muscle.

The soleus is one of two muscles that make up the back of your calf. It lives under the bigger gastrocnemius – and the two of them together contribute to the Achilles Tendon. I was really lucky I didn’t tear my Achilles. Nonetheless, I could barely walk.

I hobbled all the way back to California.

And there in my living room, exactly as I had left it, was the Flex-n-Go.

Sometimes there are no accidents. I have used the Flex-n-Go 2-3 times a day since my return. It is the perfect angle to stretch my calf/Achilles without over-straining it. I started back with the beginner stretch, and have worked my way up to intermediate over the course of the week. In order to better target my soleus, I do the stretches with a slight bend in my knee for at least half the time.

I always think that devises that can be both simple and effective are the best. An obvious question might be “can’t you just stretch without this.” Technically, the answer is yes – but the problem is that most stretching uses muscles and makes them activate. When you are injured, this is not only more painful, but also doesn’t let you experience all the benefits of the stretch. What the heel cord box does is to simply get you into the correct position so you can actually let got and allow your muscle to lengthen. Because you are not activating the muscle while you are stretching it, you get a very profound effect in a very short period of time. I have only been doing 2-3 minutes at a time and the results are amazing. I get almost immediate relief of pain and I really think that has allowed me to recover much more quickly.

Sometimes, there just aren’t accidents. My surprise in a box that was not a skateboard ramp has actually turned out to be a very timely and helpful tool in my recovery. While my experience is one of acute injury, I suspect the more common use of this product is in helping to prevent injury in those with chronic Achilles pain/tightness or plantar fasciitis. These problems often plague runners and other athletes and can be very hard to treat.

Many thanks to Kelly for providing a simple tool to aid in a painful problem. Accident or not, I am grateful!

Happy Sunday,

Jacqueline

 

 

 

 

8 Comments

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  1. Kelly
    March 28, 2012 at 2:23 am #

    Jacqueline, Thank you for a wonderful review. I am just elated that you got such great results from the Flex-n-go Board. This is why I am so passionate about it. My results were much the same when I was plagued with Plantar fasciitis. I absolutely believe there are no accidents. Your blog Rocks! Kelly Reeme

    • Jacqueline Jacques
      March 28, 2012 at 4:44 am #

      I love it, really. It’s been a great accidental gift at a time of need. I would highly recommend it to anyone with an injury. And thank for all the support!
      Jacqueline

  2. Dawn
    March 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Happy Healing Jacqueline. 🙂

    • Goal
      April 15, 2012 at 2:57 am #

      I’ve been really dppaisointed with myself lately. My runs have just sucked. I know a big part of my problem is that work is sucking the life out of me. The second problem is this awful heat and humidity. My last, but not least problem is that although I have a race I’m training for…I have not had a race in 3 months. Little races are big motivators, at least for me. Welcome back – missed reading your blog!!! =)

      • Jacqueline Jacques
        April 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

        Sorry it’s not going well! It’s amazing how each piece of our lives impact the other. Been feeling disappointed in my ability to keep up the blog lately! Some days I just don’t have the energy left to write. I feel like I have to start over with creating balance nearly daily! I love that races motivate you. I have had this little thought lately that maybe i would try one tiny little race just to see how I like it. Right now it sounds mostly intimidating! But like you, so many people say they are motivating – fun even. I am willing to try anything once if it might be fun.

  3. fitness
    March 29, 2012 at 11:34 am #

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    • Jacqueline Jacques
      March 31, 2012 at 11:51 am #

      Thank you – hope you enjoy. Jacqueline

  4. Kelly
    July 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    I thought I would check in with you and see how the recovery is going. I hope you are all healed actually. My question is, are you still using your board? I use mine everyday. I just got back from a business trip where I walked several miles a day. I did not have one problem. This is just so important as I use to have to sleep with ice pack on my feet. Happy Feet to you! Kelly