3 Ways to Treat Calf Pain at Home

Ariana Purificati Fune

If you’re a daily runner, you look forward to getting out on the trial every day. Unfortunately, constant loading can often lead to calf pain. However, muscle scraping, combined with other home remedies can provide short- and long-term relief for your pain. This article will guide you through the most effective scraping techniques, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises … Read More

How to Relieve Shoulder Pain At Home

Ariana Purificati Fune

For those who experience shoulder pain, it can make daily tasks feel pretty impossible. Finding an effective way to relieve shoulder pain can be even more difficult. If you’re struggling to find relief, try muscle scraping! Based on the technique of gua sha, scraping effectively reduces pain and restores function at many joints throughout the body, including the shoulder. This … Read More

How to: Muscle Scraping for Knee Pain

Ariana Purificati Fune

During load-bearing movements, the knee is the weakest link of the lower kinetic chain, making it very prone to injury and pain. As there are many causes of knee pain, there are also many ways to treat it. If you feel like there’s something missing from your usual treatment plan, you should try muscle scraping! It’s fair to be skeptical … Read More

Sidekick vs Graston: 3 Critical Differences

Ariana Purificati Fune

It’s not uncommon to compare “Sidekick”, “Graston” and “muscle scraping” – or even think of them as one. We get it, there are many similarities! Sidekick and Graston are both Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) techniques used to break up the tension and promote healing in soft tissue.  But how do they differ from one another? We’re here to … Read More

How to Choose the Best Muscle Scraper

Ariana Purificati Fune

If you’re experiencing a lot of muscle tension and soreness, an IASTM or muscle scraping tool would be an excellent addition to your recovery plan.  At Sidekick, we have created three uniquely designed muscle scrapers to more effectively target each muscle group. If you’re not sure where to start, this article will guide you to the best muscle scraper for … Read More

Shin Splint Pain: 5 Crucial Tips for Prevention and Relief

Ariana Purificati Fune

Feeling pain in your shins that doesn’t seem to go away? We’ve got some at-home remedies that will have you feeling relief in no time. Shin splints can result from a combination of causes so there is no single solution that will provide total relief. Fortunately, a comprehensive recovery plan can help to effectively prevent, and relieve shin splint pain … Read More

Plantar Fasciitis Scraping: A Guide For Optimal Relief

Kaitlyn Feldvari

Jess O'Connell - Plantar Fasciitis Scraping Sidekick

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis pain, chances are you’ve already tried a variety of techniques, from self-massage to custom insoles. Whether you’re a professional athlete or simply incredibly active throughout the day, finding a repeatable solution for relief can seem like a never-ending quest. Fortunately, scraping is one of the most effective ways to help with plantar fasciitis pain … Read More

Shin Splint Scraping: Key Tips for a Quicker Recovery

Ariana Purificati Fune

If you’re feeling dull aches on the inside of your shin bone either before, during, or after a workout, chances are you are experiencing shin splints. Shin splints are a very common injury in running and jumping activities but knowing how to treat them is not so common.  Although shin splint pain feels like it resonates from the bone, muscle … Read More

Muscle Scraping vs Massage Guns

Alissa Taylor

scraping vs massage gun

If you are someone who is getting into exercise, you may have heard about the importance of recovery. Even the most seasoned athletes confess that they know recovery is crucial for their performance, but still are unsure of the best tools for their individual needs. While it may have been acceptable in the past to finish your workout with a … Read More

Sciatica: What It Is & How At-Home Remedies May Help

Krista Bugden

Man with Sciatica

You go to stand up. Immediately upon standing, you feel a shooting pain down your leg. One or both of your legs feel numb, tingly, and weak. So, you sit back down. When sitting, the pain in your legs becomes worse. And you also feel pain in your buttocks. Maybe this has happened at some point during your training session … Read More