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Lacrosse Ball/Tennis Ball Self Myofascial Release Techniques

Most of my clients are only in my treatment room for 30-40 minutes per consultation every few weeks and it is during these consults that I often explain to them that what they do outside of the treatment room in the many other hours in the day is just as important, if not more important that what I do during a treatment.

I am a big believer in getting my clients to take ownership of their injuries and niggling strains and sprains and therefore encourage them to take an active approach in their own treatment and management.  For some, this may involve being more mindful of their posture at work, for others it can involve increasing their general activity levels.  For many though, it involves stretching, mobilising and performing self myofascial release on a regular basis.  Many of my clients are generally very active and participate in sports, running, cross fit, powerlifting and other activities on a regular basis.  Often as a result of this training, they develop areas of tightness and soreness in different regions of the body.  Sometimes this is compounded by the fact that they are either sedentary for most of the day due to having a desk job or a working in quite physical labor intensive jobs.  As a result, these clients are often more inclined to get even tighter and sorer at times.

Over the next month or two I am going to present some videos from YouTube that demonstrate how we can use simple tools to help address our areas of tightness and soreness.  For those of you watch these videos and still aren’t sure, I would suggest booking in to see your local Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Exercise Physiologist or PT for further advice and demonstrations.

 

Lacrosse Ball – Shoulder Myofascial Release Technique

 

Lacrosse Ball – Neck and Thoracic Spine

 

Lacrosse Ball – Chest

 

Lacrosse Ball – Gluteals

 

 

The Lacrosse Ball/Tennis Ball is one of the best tools getting around to use for self myofascial techniques.  Pressure can be varied by adjusting your bodyweight on the ball.

This blog post was written by Osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.  The videos were sourced from various authors from YouTube.

Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD and Melbourne Docklands leading Osteopathy clinics.  The clinic is located in 2 locations:

Melbourne City CBD – 29 Somerset Place, Melbourne City CBD 3000 (basement level within Jon Weller PT Studio)

Melbourne Docklands – 717 Bourke St, Docklands, 3008 (ground level within Pilates on Bourke)

To book an appointment, please call 03 9670 9290 or book online @ www.principlefourosteopathy.com