Date: October 25, 2021

Amazing Benefits of Trigger Point Massage Ball and How to Use It..

You've been working hard all day and your stress level is high. If this sounds familiar, don't worry! Trigger point ball massage can help relieve the tension in muscles caused by chronic strain on a daily basis while giving you an opportunity for some much-needed relaxation at nighttime or during those work hours when it's just too difficult to focus without taking some downtime, first thing after waking up in the morning.

Trigger Point Ball Massage uses pressure points that are similar, but not quite identical to Tactical Acupuncture. Although they're used differently by these two practitioners (with varying levels of expertise); one may use it solely for a specific purpose, while the other can use it across-the-board. This blog post is for anyone who needs relief from pain or stress.

From professional athletes to people with chronic conditions, trigger point massage balls are the go-to tool for so many people, because they work! Massage balls can be used in a variety of ways to reduce stress and pain caused by muscle tension. They're inexpensive and easy to use - you don't need any special equipment. We'll describe below, how they work, and some other benefits that you might not know about.

Table of Contents:

  1. What is Fascia?
  2. What is a Trigger Point Ball?
  3. What is a Trigger Point Massage?
  4. Importance of Using a Massage Ball
  5. Amazing Benefits of Trigger Point Ball Massage 
  6. Why Massage Ball may also be Beneficial for Athletes?
  7. Alternative Tools to Use at Home 
  8. How to use a Massage Ball?

Before anything else, why don’t we start by knowing where the pain is coming from? 

  1. What is Fascia?

The fascia is like a blanket around your body. It's the connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ in place, but it also has nerves that make them almost as sensitive to touch as skin! When stressed out or injured for whatever reason (loud noise, car accident), this thin casing will tighten up with tension-reducing circulation where needed most, to help heal fast from any injury.

Fascia isn't just there for structure; its purpose goes hiking along both sides all through our muscles providing support, while helping protect joints at their most vulnerable points.

  1. What is a Trigger Point Ball?

A trigger point massage ball can help soothe minor aches and pains in your muscles. This soft massage ball targets hard-to-reach areas around your neck, shoulders, back, chest, and calves. Simply apply pressure to the ball for seconds while using a hard surface to stabilize ball movement from side to side or in circles.

  1. What is a Trigger Point Massage?

Trigger point massage is a unique form of bodywork that has been used for centuries to help relieve chronic pain. Trigger points are tight, painful knots located in muscle tissue; when pressure is applied, the knots can be released quickly and easily with little risk or discomfort to clients, who need relief from their myofascial trigger point symptoms. 

A recent study about responsiveness found a rapid reduction in local pain as well as restoring blood flow, which helps cellular repair, due to Trigger Point Massage.

Trigger point therapy is a great option to relieve pain without taking any additional medication. Many scientific trials are underway in order for it to be seen as viable, and so far, there has been several positive outcomes from this treatment type with patients being more satisfied than ever before.

  1. Importance of Using a Massage Ball

You can use massage balls from head to toe for a deep tissue massage on your neck, back, shoulders, hip flexor/ glutes, and feet. They are also great at relieving tight muscles anywhere else in the body! The benefit of using these huge [the picture does not show a huge sphere] sphere-like wonders is that they create space within our body by increasing circulation, which in turn helps release any tension hidden inside our bodies' crevices or nooks, where there may have been any discomfort. All those tough knots just melt away under pressure.

  1. Now Let's Get into The Amazing Benefits of Trigger Point Ball Massage:

1. Reduces Muscle Soreness- Sore muscles can make you feel sluggish and uncomfortable. Self-massage is a great way to work through that soreness, so you find relief and get back into feeling normal as soon as possible. These massage balls relieve your tired muscles quickly with their deep pulsating pressure - it's like getting extra attention for yourself without even leaving home or office.

2. Eliminate Tension and Tightness- Tension and tightness in the body can really hamper performance and make self-motivation difficult. Massage balls work deep into those knots by removing tension while also relieving any muscle soreness that may be present; they promote space throughout one's entire posture when used correctly.

3. Increase Flexibility- Tension is the enemy of flexibility. It can be found throughout your body: tight tendons and ligaments, as well as fascia which holds everything together in place. You may think that you need to stretch for this type of problem, preventing injury or to improve performance. Massage balls are an excellent tool because they provide deep pressure on these muscles without being too painful with their rounded surface intact - allowing them easier access points towards releasing built-up tension from anywhere within reach.

4. Improve Blood Circulation- This massage is also the best way to get your blood flowing and heal any injuries or soreness that you might have. It can also relieve tension in other parts of your body, which will help with overall pain management.

A lot of people don't know this but increased circulation through massaging certain areas in our body increases healing, by sending more nutrients where they need to go, especially when it comes down to dealing with an injury or some stress relief at home and treating yourself well.

5. Improve Posture- Every muscle has a different way of working, and when one becomes too tight it can create deep pain. One common example is tension in the back or neck from sitting at an improper angle for long periods of time without releasing some knots to allow more space between them, which leads to long-term discomfort.

This also happens with postures, since muscles work together throughout your body’s 26 joints providing support where needed while distributing weight equally on all four legs.

Sitting for long periods of time can cause discomfort in your hips and lower back. Trigger point therapy is an excellent way to release this tension, which could otherwise lead you to slip back into bad habits like poor posture! After treatment make sure you take care of your body by following up with good hygiene routines or therapeutic exercises such as yoga.

6. Why Massage Balls may also be Beneficial for Athletes?

Massage balls can do a lot more than just provide you with immense relaxation. They reduce tension and soreness in your muscles, tendons, ligaments (and even fascia), all areas that are key for athletic performance! In addition to providing relief from pain caused by overwork or injury; using massage balls also increases blood circulation which helps to heal, as well as nourishes the entire body.

It can also help speed up recovery time, which may be beneficial to athletes or yogis who spend a lot of their day being active in some way! Self-massaging regularly will keep your body healthy and ready at any time, so you feel less stressed out when it comes to taking care of yourself.

7. Alternative Tools to Use at Home

There are many different types of trigger point therapy tools. This post is focused on how to use a trigger point ball, which you may have heard of as a “pressure point ball”. We will shortly take you through some trigger point ball exercises.

  • You can use a tennis ball if you don’t have access to trigger point balls. I would recommend lacrosse ball therapy as another option for these techniques; however, it might not be enough for certain parts of your body and those are where the harder types come into play.
  • For your feet, you may even be able to use a golf ball. These are at the more extreme end of hardness, as compared to the soft trigger point therapy tennis balls. They won't work well for other muscle groups apart from feet.
  • A trigger ball can be a great way to massage the muscles in your feet and legs. Some, like balls with grooves all over them, or spikes on one side for myofascial release exercises are designed specifically with this task in mind while others may have some textured surfaces that will do an effective job with regular soft tissues.

8. How to use a Massage ball? We got you!

Neck- Lie down on your back, with your knees bent and feet on the floor, like you are about to perform stomach crunches. 

  • Place the trigger point handheld massage ball in the center of your neck (lie on it).
  • Start gently by turning your head from side to side. You can also tuck your chin under and then release. 
  • Start slow and don’t do this if you’re nursing an injury to this area – that’s best dealt with alongside a qualified therapist.
  • If you want to add a little extra pressure, lift your hips slightly off the ground and use your legs to push back and forwards over the ball.

Upper Shoulder- This one is also known as the rugby scrum technique. 

  • Find a wall corner, or work with a partner.
  • Bend forward at your hips, and put the ball on top of the shoulder, right by your neck.
  • Apply pressure by pushing into the wall or your partner’s hand and moving gently from side to side. Flex your neck to the side to increase the stretch.

Upper back- For a trigger point release into your upper back.

  • Place the trigger point therapy ball against your upper back and lean into the wall. 
  • Bend and straighten legs and move side to side to hit the spot.

What is a good way to release a trigger point? With all of these trigger point therapy exercises, there are slightly differing viewpoints between professionals about how they are best done. Some prefer to hold the ball over a trigger point and wait for the trigger point to release. Others prefer to gently roll back and forth over the trigger point until it releases.

Shoulder Tendons- The tendon attachments for your shoulder muscles can get very sore.

  • Put the ball at the back, the lower part of the shoulder. 
  • This is where the tendons attach, and it’s very close to your armpit. Move around to hit the spot, and you can also try pulling your arm across your body, as you would with a shoulder stretch. 
  • You can also perform these movements whilst lying down on your side with the top massage ball in the same position. Lying down with your body weight on the ball adds a lot more pressure to the trigger point, so it should be considered as a more advanced progression.

Chest Muscles- Chest muscles are often very tight, which we may not realize. Many people feel pain and tenderness across the back of their shoulders. However, the reason for this pain could be tight chest muscles, especially if you spend a fair amount of time hunched forward at your desk or in your car.

So, just give them a go, and you may find that this is much more effective than digging into those shoulder muscles. Again, this is a case of symptoms (tenderness in shoulder) versus cause (tight chest muscles).

  • Face into the wall, with your arm by your side, and roll the ball around to hit the spot. 
  • You can also do this on the floor and extend your arm out in front of you for a more aggressive version.

Back- Lie down on your back and put the trigger point therapy massage ball under one side of your back (not in the middle where your spine is!). 

  • Try putting it a bit lower than halfway down your back or move it around until you find a tender area. Slowly bring your knee in towards your chest to increase the pressure. Use the same leg as the side that the ball is on.

Let's Wrap Things Up

We hope that this blog has helped you understand the benefits of Trigger point ball massage and how to use it. When it comes to relaxation, there is no better option than this kind of massage. The benefits of this treatment are endless, and they provide you with an opportunity at home that will leave your body feeling refreshed for days! You can also explore more fascinating services on our website or contact us today if you are interested in starting a new health routine.

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