Lacrosse athletes are subject to a wide variety of muscle aches and pains. Many are surprised to learn that the same lacrosse balls they use during competition are equally beneficial as a massage tool to release muscle tension. They help break up the knots that can form between the connective tissue that surrounds muscles.
Muscle pain can range from simple soreness to a dull ache and significantly impact an individual’s range of motion and ability to perform normal activities. Using a lacrosse ball on sore muscles is equally beneficial for those suffering with soreness due to weekend gardening or seasonal chores to recreational activities.
Many physiotherapists utilize lacrosse balls as part of their therapeutic treatments. Using a lacrosse ball also has the advantage of a tool that people can use at home. A lacrosse ball is especially useful for addressing pain in the shoulders, hips, and buttocks. Don’t underestimate their benefit for relieving pain and muscle tightness in biceps, calves, and triceps. A lacrosse ball is small and highly portable, making it great for people that travel.
It can be used at the gym as part of a stretching and loosening routine prior to exercise, as well as to help muscles transition from the contractive to resting state post-exercise. Lacrosse ball massage is equally applicable for people that stand or sit in the same position for extended lengths of time and they’re effective for soothing sore feet.
More pressure can be applied to the affected area with a lacrosse ball than a foam roller and be used with more pinpoint accuracy. Individuals can apply as much or as little pressure as they’d like. Massage reduces the production of proteins called cytokines that play a major role in the development of inflammation. Lacrosse ball massage is a natural way to relieve aches and pains without relying on potentially harmful medications.