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15 minutes of torture with a tennis ball can be more helpful than an aspirin.

April 25th, 2011 2 Comments

A tennis ball doesn’t look like it would hurt you, but if you employ it to do so, it will beat you up….in a good way!

The other day I got a crick in my neck that kept getting worse as the days passed.  My trainer helped me identify that the pain wasn’t in my neck, but in fact underneath my shoulder blade. The pain was so intense I couldn’t move my head or workout.

He laid me down on the ground, told me to put my arm (on the side the pain was coming from) across my chest and then roll the tennis ball around until I found the spot that took my breath away.  I found it pretty quick.  Then he had me lay there for 15 minutes.  Omgoodness it hurt like hell.  During the time I moved it around to massage the area, but the relief came as I just stayed still and allowed the pressure to break up the knot.

The next day the area was tender and maybe even a bit bruised, but I could move again with only a small fraction of the pain.  After two days it was gone completely.

They make rubber balls specifically for this that are stiffer, but I wasn’t able to find them online.  If you know of one, please post it in the comments below. Otherwise a tennis ball is torture enough to help you find relief in the long run.

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