Lacrosse balls are doing far more than providing a target in lacrosse matches. The unassuming balls are also doing double duty as a tool in myofascial release techniques. Lacrosse balls can be utilized at home to relieve aches, pains, and the stiff muscles that come with high-performance sports participation. They’re equally effective for stiff and sore muscles that accompany yard work, gym workouts and seasonal activities.
Myofascial release is a safe, hands-on technique that applies gentle and sustained pressure on muscles and connective tissues. It addresses pain at what’s known as trigger points, areas in which it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where the pain is originating.
The technique is effective for relieving pain, restoring ease of motion and has a variety of benefits. The most obvious benefit is that it can be performed at home with just the aid of a lacrosse ball without anyone’s assistance. Lacrosse balls are preferable as they’re more solid than tennis balls and are able to provide a steadier, more solid pressure.
Stretching and Relaxing
When muscles are used over a sustained period of time or are stressed, they tend to tense and shorten. It’s an automatic response by the body to guard against pain and injury. Myofascial release allows muscles to stretch and relax while aiding in mitigating the inflammatory response that accompanies muscle pain.
When muscles are tense and stressed, circulation is impeded and the condition can result in the build-up of toxins. Myofascial release improves circulation, providing enhanced blood flow to the tight and painful areas. As circulation is improved, it aids the body in carrying away those toxins and delivers oxygenated blood throughout the body.
Better Muscle Function
Myofascial release has long been utilized by elite athletes to improve motion, expand flexibility, and increase flexibility. It’s also used to improve performance. Myofascial release is beneficial for athletes, along with those that overdo on their day off or on vacation, perform tasks around the house or work, and even older individuals that have mobility issues.