Don’t be fooled, the Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball is not a dog toy. It can actually provide you with great relief. You’ll probably be mad if your dog ever touches it; the relief’s so good. The Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball uses trigger point therapy to relax muscles along the foot and other areas of the body. By rolling along the muscles, tension is released from the massaging effect, and blood flow increases in the tight area, loosening up those muscles.
What is trigger point therapy?
A trigger point is a constricted area within the muscle that causes pain. The constricted area of muscle is commonly known as a “knot.” Trigger point therapy works to alleviate the source of pain (the “knot” or trigger point) through pressure and release, helping ease referred pain from the tight muscles. Trigger point therapy is most commonly performed by massage therapists as they rub or press on a trigger point to help their patients get relief. But trigger point therapy can also be done by yourself with the right tool, such as the Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball.
Benefits of the Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball:
- Improves circulation by stimulating the myofascial system
- Aids in injury prevention and rehabilitation
- Relaxes muscles by releasing endorphins
- Helps to break up scar tissue from surgery
How does the Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball reduce foot pain?
The Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball releases natural “feel good” endorphins to relax the nervous system. One hundred and eighty-four spikes on the ball work to stimulate the myofascial system and trigger points, reducing muscle tension, improving blood flow, aiding in injury prevention and rehabilitation, and relieving pain. Use it on your feet to relieve pain, break up scar tissue after surgery, improve your circulation, and release endorphins. The Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball can also be used on other parts of your body that are experiencing pain.
How do you use the Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball? How long should you use it?
When you locate a trigger point, you will know because when you touch it, the soreness you feel as you massage the trigger point should feel like it is related to the pain you’ve been experiencing. Once you’ve located the trigger point, massage over it by pressing your foot into the ball. While massaging out the trigger point, it should feel simultaneously sore and good. One of the great things about the Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball is that you can apply as much pressure as feels right for you.
To massage out the trigger point, press on it directly on the sore spot for 30 seconds to a few minutes. Or massage the trigger point in circular motions or back and forth motions. Do what feels right for you and your body. Again, don’t rub so hard that it causes you tremendous amounts of pain. Apply enough pressure so it hurts a little but still feels good.
If this is your first time using the Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball, don’t give yourself a massage for 3 hours the first day. Even short sessions of 30 seconds to a few minutes at first will begin to help you feel less pain. Gradually work up to more time if needed. You know that it is working if your pain starts to go away. Length of use depends on individual needs. Using the ball 2 to 3 times a day for 5 to 10 minutes may provide the best relief.
Does using the Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball hurt?
With the Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball, you can apply as much pressure as feels right for you. As you massage out trigger points, you will feel pain, but it should be a good pain. If you feel more pain than you can stand, you are applying too much pressure to your trigger point, and you should try easing back a bit.
Are there conditions the Deep Tissue Spiky Massage Ball shouldn’t be used with?
When you’re starting any new fitness regimen, consult your doctor before you begin. We suggest that you do not use it if you have a serious foot injury, open wounds, or decreased sensation in your feet.
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