I am always on the lookout to find and try out new recovery tools. Doesn’t every runner wants to find that one piece of equipment (or torture device) that will instantly speed up recovery? I was offered the chance to check out the Sidekick Swerve Muscle scraper and I’d like to share my initial thoughts. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.
Sidekick Swerve Recovery Tool
If you have ever received soft tissue treatment by a physical therapist, perhaps you have seen similar looking gadgets. I admit, at first glance, the Sidekick swerve looks a little intimidating. It arrives in a sturdy zippered case that reveals its shiny stainless steel beauty.
What is the Sidekick Swerve exactly?
The Swerve is a smooth scraping instrument used to target tight or aching muscles. You are instructed to prep the skin with a lubricating balm (included with my kit). This allows the instrument to move smoothly over the targeted muscles. “Sidekick’s tools release adhesions under the skin from muscle overuse or injuries. This improves blood flow around the area and consequently your muscles and joints feel looser, lighter and more fluid.” (source)
A few months back, I was receiving regular soft tissue massage for tight calf muscles at a PT office. While I did find relief from them, it became time consuming to get to regular appointments. I recently started using the Swerve on my tight calves and found I could target that same area more directly than I could with a foam roller. Definitely much more convenient for regular use. I am in no way suggesting that PT is unnecessary for some injuries. Please make your own informed decisions.
The curved design of the Swerve Echo scraper allows me to access both smaller areas such as the arches of my feet as well as larger areas like hamstrings and calves. You can apply as little or as much pressure as feels right to you. Most recently I have been targeting my hamstring muscles with the help of my trainer. I feel a much deeper targeting of my hamstrings using the Swerve vs a foam roller.
On days where I am feeling a little twinge of that old plantar fasciitis pop up, a few minutes of targeted pressure with the Swerve Echo provides some immediate relief. My own photos did not do the product justice so instead, I am going to share a youtube videos showing the Swerve in action.
Through the “Sidekick University” you can find how to videos for almost every body part. These are free of charge and available here.
Interested in checking out the Sidekick Swerve or any of their other recovery tools? This link gives you 15% off of the entire site.