Lacrosse Ball Self Myofascial Release and Why You Need It
Too many clients have had pain or muscle tension with no way to alleviate their own pain. Recently, the lacrosse ball has been used as a tool to apply a technique called self myofascial release. If the techniques are applied correctly you will gain benefit from using this tool. Unfortunately, it is not being used to its fullest potential. If used correctly we are able to decrease pain and even prevent injury by using this better.
What is Self Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a technique invented by man names John F. Barnes. The techniques, if used properly, can eliminate pain, reduce joint restriction, and restore motion in both joints and soft tissue. The way this is done properly is by creating what is called facial drag. (fascia is connective tissue that embodies every muscle) The picture below is an example of fascial drag.
Hooking the fascia and creating fascial drag is not possible with the lacrosse ball when it is not fixed, You have to Hold on to it and create the fascial drag to better effect the underlying soft tissue. The video below is a video from our Ground Zero Program and demonstrate how to create this fascial drag.
As you can see in the video a simple tweak to the way you use the lacrosse ball for self myofascial release will give you a greater benefit. The same principles apply when using a foam roller. Just rolling around on it will not give you the most benefit for your time. As a bonus here a video on how to apply the same techniques using a foam roller. These are techniques we using all the time in our Ground Zero Program. Below is another video demonstrating this myofascial technique using a foam roller.
We hope you have a better understanding of how to apply these myofascial techniques. If you would like a mobility program that shows you more in depth on how to apply full body techniques the Ground Zero Program has it all covered. It is a program that builds strength and mobility by adding theses techniques to our workout program.
Thank you for spending some time here with Twin Halos. Hope you have a great day,