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Spikey Balls can help to reduce pain and increase range of motion by pressing on trigger points in certain muscles, which in turn helps to improve joint motion and mobility. Rather than feeling tight, as if something is going to ping, you can use this information to assist your body in healing.

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So, what is the best way to calm down your agitated muscles? Begin by pressing on the muscular knots, which is referred to as trigger point self-massage, to loosen them up. Simply applying pressure to the muscles can aid in their relaxation and reduction of tension.

How do you use a trigger point massage ball?

In muscles, trigger points are little areas of discomfort or agony that occur whenever the muscles are pushed. A rough texture or the description of a "knot" may be used to characterize them. It is possible to discover trigger points in the following areas: the neck and shoulders, calves, and feet, among other places.

Trigger point treatment is a type of deep tissue massage that some people use to address a variety of health conditions. For example, headaches and migraines, as well as sciatica, are all conditions that might occur. Trigger point therapy is also known as myofascial release or massage therapy, among other terms.


• Self-massage can help you manage muscle discomfort and tightness when accompanied by the correct exercise.

• Improves blood flow and circulation by increasing the range of motion of a specific muscle or group of muscles.

• Improve flexibility by expanding the range of motion of a specific muscle or group of muscles

• Relax muscle tension caused by a busy lifestyle. This could include muscle tension caused by poor posture or sitting for extended periods. Muscle stiffness caused by stress falls into this category as well. If you suffer from low back pain, make sure you are aware of the best exercises for lower back pain relief.

• Effectively prepare for an upcoming workout. In addition to my voodoo floss bands, I use a trigger point ball as part of my pre-workout mobility training routine.

• Assist with recovery after a workout or in the interim.

For neck

As if you were about to perform stomach crunches, lie down on your back with knees bent and then feet flat on the floor to begin. Place the trigger point handheld massage ball in the center of your neck and massage it in circular motions (lie on it).

Take it slow and easy at first, tilting your head from side to side. Alternatively, you might tuck your chin under and then release. Most importantly, start slowly and don't do this if you're recovering from an injury to this area — this is something that should be done in conjunction with a skilled therapist.

To provide a little more pressure, lift your hips off the ground and push back and forth over the ball with your legs.

You should notice a loosening of your muscles after each mini-massage. Over time, regular trigger point massages can assist in providing more long-lasting relief from chronic pain. But also consider what you can do to improve your muscles' quality of life by altering your surroundings. Is it possible that a better desk chair could improve your posture? Is it possible for you to take breaks to stretch during the day? If you've tried everything and the knots are still there, it may be time to call in the professionals for a second opinion.

How long should you massage a trigger point?

Find the tight locations (it's likely that you won't have to look very hard to find them). To push firmly into the trigger points, use your fingers (or other instruments such as foam rollers and massage balls) to apply pressure. In a perfect world, you'd repeat this for three to five minutes, as much as five or six times every day.

Massage Ball Trigger Points
Massage Ball Trigger Points

Can you massage out a trigger point?

You can't treat it if you can't discover it, and finding trigger points is the most difficult part of the process, even for experienced practitioners. It is the polar opposite of what one would expect from a precise science.

What methods do you use to try to identify trigger points?

First and foremost, you don't put too much pressure on yourself: yes, you try, but you also throw a wide and pleasant net. The first guideline of massage for trigger points is that any good massage is likely to be preferable to any terrible trigger point therapy, regardless of the type of massage.

But, of course, you continue to search for them! You primarily just fumble around in stiff, aching muscle tissue with your fingers and thumbs, looking for small, acutely sensitive places here and there.

When you strike a trigger point, you may or may not experience a little bump or twitch, but these are inconsistent and unreliable signals. Do not place a lot of faith in them.

A trigger point's soreness should seem "relevant" — that is, the soreness should feel like it is related to the suffering you are seeking to alleviate, rather than some other form of agony that just happens to be in the same location.

The pain should also be pleasant, creating a paradoxical combination of soreness and relief that we refer to as "good pain."

When it comes to muscle tissue, you can confine your investigation to a relatively small area around the "epicenter" of your symptoms. However, some trigger points are shockingly distant from the discomfort they cause, typically located closer to the center of the body. Trigger points in the forearm muscles up towards the elbow, for example, may be the source of wrist pain in certain people. (However, attempting to figure them out is beyond the scope of the basics.)

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