Using a Lacrosse Ball for Myofascial Release

Using a Lacrosse Ball for Myofascial Release

Lacrosse balls are the perfect size and shape to target trigger points in your body. Unlike tennis balls, lacrosse balls are hard and dense. They allow the user to release tension, and break up adhesions between the fascia and underlying muscles.

Benefits:

  • Increase joint range of motion
  • Help muscle performance
  • Decrease fatigue after exercise
  • Decrease soreness after exercise

What is Fascia?

Fascia is the thin sheath of connective tissue that covers all of the muscles and organs of the body. Tight fascia can pull the body out of alignment and increase pressure on muscle and joints, causing pain. The goal of myofascial therapy is to stretch and loosen the fascia so the underlying tissue can move more freely.

Target Areas:

  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • Upper Back and Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Feet

Use your lacrosse ball against a wall or the floor to create pressure in the specific target area of your body. Once you find a tender spot, relax into that position and breathe steadily. Roll the lacrosse ball over this target area for approximately thirty seconds to one minute.

Self-myofascial release may be performed at any time throughout the day. Prior to a workout, trigger point release while help to improve range of motion and muscle activation. Post-workout, myofascial release can help with muscle recovery and joint function. Optimal results are achieved with consistent practice.