Holy moly. I used it on my always-tight calves, found the knotted area, and within a couple of minutes, felt so much better. I worked my calf muscle area down to my Achilles tendon, and when I stopped using the BFF Buffer, I could flex my foot without pain! Of course, I then went to work on my hamstring (yes, in the booth - this thing felt so good that I didn't care who saw me working the back of my leg and glute at that point) - I felt a noticeable change within minutes. By that time, Jeff had wandered in, and I made him try it on his hip - he's got a funky issue where his foot will hurt, but it stems from his hip getting tight. He quickly became a convert because his foot pain went away after a couple of minutes of buffing.
At that point I was adding up in my head how much it costs for a massage ($80), which I rarely do (hello cheapskate), how much it costs to visit our chiropractor ($45), which helps reset me for a couple of weeks at best, and how much this magical buffer cost. Jeff was on board, so it didn't take long to whip out my credit card - their expo special pricing helped, I'll admit - but honestly, the idea of being able to get this kind of muscle pain relief any time I wanted, at home, was the deciding factor.
The fact is, I do things that my body rebels against. Running makes me hurt, especially on my left side. I haven't mentioned it much lately, because I'm sure you guys are about as tired of reading about it as I am with feeling it. The harder running that I did this spring, to hit my goal of running a 5K without stopping, put the hurt on me. I was pretty bummed about it because I don't feel like I'm doing anything super crazy, but my body seems to be a delicate flower when it comes to running. I'm not going to stop running just because I hurt - there may come a time when I really have to give it up, but that time is not now. So I look for ways to ease the pain. I stretch, I foam roll, and I beg Jeff to use the Stick to roll out my calves (he can put more pressure on them than I can). Sometimes I end up taking Motrin, but I try to not do that, unless the leg/foot pain wakes me up in the middle of the night.
Using it after a run. A couple of minutes on my calves is enough to move the lactic acid around, release the muscle tightness, and all I'm left with to remind me of my run is my runner's high (OK, and sweaty clothes).
The BFF Miracle Body Buffer retails for $250. I know - it's not cheap. But I'm telling you, it's been a game changer for me. I use it just about every day, for a few minutes, and I'm practically pain-free. It helps with everything from my plantar fasciitis pain (I can take that first step out of bed in the morning without it hurting) to my hamstring tug, and the nice thing is that I can easily use it on just about every body part that is hurting, except for one tiny area in my back (I blame my short arms for this). It's easy to operate and isn't too heavy or cumbersome for me to hold - and the best part is that I've become much more proactive about massaging my legs because the results are so much better than if I try to foam roll or use the Stick.
Here's everything that comes with the buffer, including some stickers, should you feel the need to give it some personality.
If you are interested in purchasing a buffer, click here. I have a 15% discount for my readers - use the code JOURNEY15 when you check out. There is a one-year warranty on the buffer, and it comes with all the goodies in the picture.
P.S. Not only do I use the BFF Buffer on my legs, but I also use it on the thumb joint area of my hands - they get really painful with knitting, and it will hurt so bad that buckling my seat belt, especially with my right hand, makes me wince. The first time I used the buffer on my thumb joint, I discovered that I could flex my thumb across my palm with no pain!