We tried it: Fiix Elbow Tennis Elbow Therapy
There is a ton of cool gear in the golf equipment world that doesn't always fit exactly into the most wanted reviews or buyer's manuals. You still want to know how it works. In our We tried it Series we put equipment to the test and let you know if it works as advertised.
What we tried
Fiix Elbow, a tennis elbow treatment device that leverages established therapeutic practices from the comfort of your home.
Your Fiix Elbow user
Tony Covey – a resident jack-of-all-trades (and master of absolutely nothing) who missed most of six months of golf with a bad elbow. I can't be the only one
How I got here
About a year and a half ago, I noticed stiffness in my right arm when I was lying in bed. The pain wasn't severe; rather, I should stretch that kind of feeling.
Over time, the pain localized in my forearm became more constant. I edit a lot of images (golf clubs and the occasional dogs and children – in that order) in Adobe Lightroom. I speak dozens, sometimes more than a hundred, at the same time. Something about the angle of the arm during the machining process was an absolute killer. I needed stretch breaks about every five frames.
At first I thought golf was to blame for the problem, but in hindsight I'm pretty sure desk work was the main cause.
Lawn mowers and hoof machines
The other nightmare scenario was mowing the lawn. I bought one last year EGO battery operated mower. At the time, not having to buy gasoline seemed like a good idea, but if your tendons are broken, the batteries will run out quickly. Lifting it out of the charger requires a movement similar to a claw machine. Grab, clamp, lift … and flinch.
At some point the elbow got so bad that I couldn't swap a battery with my once dominant arm. My wife would have to mow the lawn. As if that would ever happen. Seriously … once in 15 years. Is that too much?
As summer turned into fall, I couldn't swing a golf club without pain (and more pain the next day). Aside from a couple of visits to fall manufacturers, I basically shut it down completely.
Take a break. You'll be fine by spring … that was my thought.
… But I don't play tennis
Things didn't go any better until the end of November. It never crossed my mind because I had never experienced it before (and because the pain was mostly in my forearm), but during Thanksgiving dinner, my brother's father-in-law (an orthopedist) decided tennis elbow was the most likely cause.
I don't play tennis, but it's fun, and neither do the vast majority of people with tennis elbows.
A week later, I took a cortisone shot. Injecting goosebumps into iron makes them better, so it makes perfect sense that it would make my arm better too.
The cortisone helped a little, but not for long. Until March my elbow was still trash. I am a worst case scenario guy. With COVID emerging as a cause for concern, I really didn't want to bother with another visit to the doctor or the prospect of surgery.
So I tweaked the original plan. Rest, but this time also stretch. Recovery is a thinking game for men.
The "live with it and wait and see" approach wasn't the worst. The rest didn't help, but doing nothing didn't make it worse. At the time the golf courses were COVID-closed so I didn't miss much anyway.
Fiix Elbow – My intro
Early spring is a busy time at MyGolfSpy. The buying season is starting and many new toys are coming onto the market. We talk to many people about many things.
I had a call from a professional golfer in the Minneapolis area who wanted me to try out his new swing speed training aid. I told him I'd like to take a look, but …
He heard the same story I just told you about how I didn't swing a lot (I skipped the part where my wife didn't mow the lawn) and wasn't sure I could swing at all.
Then he said, "I'll put you in touch with my friend Tim."
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OK, let's talk to Tim
Tim is Tim Porth, one of the founders of Octane Fitness. After Tim and another Octane founder sold their elliptical trainer business to fitness giant Nautilus, they worked with two physiotherapists to develop the Fiix Elbow.
Described as a device to restore tendinitis and tennis elbow, the Fiix Elbow by Stā Active is replicated IASTM treatments (instrument-assisted soft tissue massage) from the comfort of your home.
Their one sentence review is that IASTM is an established and proven treatment that disrupts adhesions and scar tissue and increases blood flow, which promotes healthy tissue growth.
I repeated my story with Tim. He thought the device his team had developed might help. Less than a week later, a grip tester arrived, a prototype from Fiix Elbow and, just before TaylorMade NDA, more paperwork than we normally do at MyGolfSpy.
Talking to one man about an exercise aid only to connect with another and land on a clinical trial could be the strangest confluence of events in my decade at MGS, but whatever, it has made a difference for some Quality discussion feed on No Putts Given (at the time the company was called Sta Active)So it was worth it.
In all honesty, I had no idea if the Fiix Elbow would work, but since doing nothing and stretching mostly didn't really help either, I thought, "What the hell?" So I (literally) buckled up for eight weeks of home therapy.
Using the Fiix Elbow
Using the Fiix Elbow requires a little bit of lubricant and only 10 minutes of your time. I know this is just another Saturday night for some of you, but the point is it doesn't take a lot of complexity or a lot of time: ten minutes, three times a week (and a little stretch) for eight weeks. Sitting, standing, lying down; it doesn't matter much
As an aside, my wife wasn't a huge fan of the original lubricant smell. It was an impressive scent. Given the strong mood of Sex Panther, your Saturday nights almost certainly went a little better than mine. The new formulation doesn't sting your nose like the original.
Buckle that up Fiix Elbow to your bad arm and let it do its thing. You can vary the intensity by tightening the strap and flexing your wrist. You can move the Fiix elbow to target specific areas. Most of the time, however, it just runs until it stops and you are done.
Fiix Elbow – Worse Before It Get Better
Tim warned me the pain could get worse before it gets better and that turned out to be true. The first few weeks were brutal. I definitely didn't swing the club the next day, and it wasn't great beating around on the keyboard and mouse either. For a while, my previous "rest and do nothing" approach looked like the better plan.
By the end of the third week it was quieter, and by the fifth week my arm felt better and I was swinging golf clubs again.
Another three weeks, followed by a two-week healing period, and I had officially completed my round of Fiix elbow therapy. It feels completely arbitrary to put a number on it, but I'd say my elbow is 90 percent back to normal. The pain is no longer constant. I can play golf, edit photos, and scratch my lawnmower batteries with minimal pain at worst that hasn't gotten worse when I tried to reach DeChambeau with my driver to create more distance.
Fiix Elbow – Typical Results
In the Phase 2 study, the average Fiix Elbow user who completed the program showed a 69 percent improvement in grip strength, a 76 percent improvement UEFI score.
Tennis elbow pain can be so severe that some who experience it cannot sleep. Fortunately, I've never been this bad. Even so, my grip strength and UEFI scores improved 71 percent and 25 percent, respectively, while my pain decreased 38 percent.
With a Fiix Elbow from Stā Active in hand (or arm), I have just started another eight weeks, hoping to return 100 percent painless.
Skepticism is justified
My aim here is to bring this to your attention A product that made my life better. It's not that I particularly enjoy mowing the lawn, but clawing large batteries is no longer an issue and I tear balls like Bryson. Well fat and slower Bryson, but I think we should all agree that it still counts.
Still, I am no stranger to the promise of voodoo remedies and the hucksters who sell them.
At the annual PGA Merchandise Show there is always something new, sketchy new in the area of “health and wellness”. Vibrant full-body shakers, pulsating light gizmos, magical creams, and the lingering infestation of the electrode army that will make you want to juice every opportunity; We saw it all and luckily we saw most of it go away.
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What I like about Fiix Elbow by Stā Active is that there are none of these crystals and moonbeams. They tell you exactly what the Fiix Elbow does (it repeats a widely used and accepted treatment you would get at a physical therapist's office), and you can flip it over and see exactly how it works. Seriously. There are steel buttons on a rotating belt that massage your tendons. Throw in a battery, timer, and strap, and that's most of it.
I also appreciate that Tim and his team did things right. They were conducting legitimate processes. You have real data. The Fiix Elbow is an FDA registered medical device. You can pay for it with your flexible spending account. This can be especially useful at the end of the year when we're all stocking up on toothpaste and saline anyway.
The 90-day money-back guarantee also offers a certain level of security.
Fiix Elbow – I hope you never need it
I hope you never experience tennis elbows and never need the Fiix elbows. Let me conclude with a brief recommendation on this. Don't get old Just don't do it. Staying young prevents many problems. While you're at it, eat lots of fiber. We can do without the details, but trust me on this point.
However, if you do happen to develop forearm or elbow pain, it is a good idea to discuss Fiix Elbow with a qualified health care professional to see if it can help you as it has helped me.
The Fiix Elbow from Stā Active is available now (shipping in November). The introductory price is $ 349.99 but will eventually sell for $ 399.99.
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