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Using a Tennis Ball to Relieve Pain

Simple, everyday items can be beneficial in helping you alleviate your pain and discomfort. Prior to pain treatment, people needed to come up with creative ways to minimize their pain. One particular method involves using a tennis ball to massage muscle knots caused by pain. Tennis balls work to relax muscle knots when massaged against your body. Although this is a very easy and straightforward method, it’s a simple way to relieve your muscle pain.

What is a Muscle Knot?

A muscle knot does not form when muscles tie themselves into knots. Rather, muscle knots occur when the muscle tissue is unable to stretch, flex and bend. Because muscle fibers run in many directions while layering on top of each other, this causes your body to take on a very narrow range of motion. With time, this mobility begins to deteriorate if the body is inactive for too long and if you take on a sedentary lifestyle. Muscle knots create lumpy, hard feeling knots that result from your muscles settling. Dehydration and injury can also cause muscle knots. If left untreated, the stress may start tearing at the muscles which can cause you a great deal of pain.

How Does a Tennis Ball Help With Pain?

Rolling a tennis ball over the tense area of your body with the correct amount of pressure can alleviate your pain. Massaging your body with a tennis ball should feel a little painful, but if you’re wincing or gritting your teeth try using less pressure. It may take practice at first, but using the right amount of pressure is key to relaxing your muscles.

Alternatives to Tennis Balls

Other items can be used to massage your muscle knots, but tennis balls generally give the perfect balance between firmness and give off the surface. But, depending on the situation, other objects that vary in shape and size may be more beneficial. For example, if you are looking for a more aggressive, deeper massage, a smooth rock could be used. Self-massage balls can be found in supermarkets and pharmacy stores, but try looking for items around your house, first. 

Thorough Pain Treatment

Using a tennis ball to massage your muscles may only give you temporary relief. If this is the case, maybe it is time to consider seeing a specialist at Pain Specialty Group. Our expert providers will work with you to alleviate your pain. Contact us here to book an appointment with us today.

Author
Aidan Fisher, Maureen Cassidy Pain Specialty Group

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