What does a lacrosse ball, plus sore muscles add up to? Pain free muscles. Even if you, nor your kids have picked up lacrosse, a lacrosse ball is a helpful and inexpensive tool to work sore muscles. We have the 4-1-1 on using a lacrosse ball with the assistance of Thomas DuBois, Certified Massage Therapist at Kambeitz Chiropractic.
A lacrosse ball is not a substitute for stretching but works in addition to stretching for loosening tight muscles.
The lacrosse ball works best on smaller muscle groups and those that are hard for the foam roller access. Examples being the muscles between your shoulder blades, the gluteal muscles on the posterior and side of the pelvis, pectoral muscles and even the hip flexor region. The lacrosse ball also works well in the area just above the pelvis in the lower back. It can really get into the attachments there in a way that the foam roller will not.
Increase pressure gradually. Work into the tissue instead of forcing the ball to the deeper surfaces. Forcing deep pressure to begin with can have the opposite effect and cause the muscles to want to tighten up against you. When you find the tender areas, hold pressure as I you would with a foam roller.
The next time you’re visiting the clinic be sure to ask one of our personal trainers or massage therapists, if a lacrosse ball is a good solution to decrease your muscle pains before and after workouts.