Last summer my sister brought some type of yoga massage balls to our beach week, and I tried it out on my hips/back. Holy OUCH! They went right to my pressure points and I felt it down my leg! I looked up the balls she was using on amazon and reviews said they were just lacrosse balls. Easy enough! I went to the sporting goods store and bought a pack of lacrosse balls. Lacrosse balls are a part of my daily life now!
How do they work?
You put gentle pressure on sore spots(mine are all in my hips and butt!) and hold it. The pressure helps ease pain and gives more range of motion. It hits trigger points – I will feel the pressure down my leg or in another part of my body. The pressure feels so good and so bad at the same time! It’s painful. No pain, no gain, right?
Trigger points are also called myofascial points. Here is a little lesson: Myofascia is soft tissue that covers our muscles. When it is stressed, it can tear and stick together, causing adhesions that can prevent the muscles from working their best, and lead to an increase in muscle tenderness, soreness and pain. Using the trigger points helps to break down the adhesions and get your range of motion back (Source: tptherapy.com).
Here is a picture of where some of your trigger points might be – especially for runners. I use the ball on the upper hip as shown in this picture top right, often!
A pack of 6 or 8 colorful lacrosse balls was maybe $10-12 with coupons at Modells, and they are worth it!