Myofascial Release is not only an awesome and highly effective treatment technique to receive during a therapy session, it can be used at home and this is what makes it stand out from the crowd. Self Myofascial Release using a small inflatable ball feels good, can reduce your pain and symptoms as well as prevent them in the future.
It is similar to using a foam roller, trigger point massage tool, yellow ball, Theracane, etc but slightly different in technique. A tennis ball, like a foam roller, can often be too hard or too much pressure, and an inflatable ball can allow you to stay in one position for 3-5 minutes. Place it where you feel tightness, tenderness, restriction or pain to allow the tissue and your body to release completely without feeling like you have to protect yourself due to intense sensations or pain.
Get yourself an inflatable 4 or 5 inch ball (10cm) and follow along with the video below to experience for yourself how effective this simple tool can be. After you try a few of these techniques on yourself, let us know what you experienced in the comments section below. If you have any questions or continue to have pain or a movment problem, contact our physical therapist in Greensboro, NC to see how we can help you return to the activities you enjoy.