Are you someone that suffers from pain in their muscles, or has lots of Trigger Points?
Then a spiky massage ball might just be the solution for you…
Trigger points can cause a lot of problems in your body. Anyone that has experienced them before and actually knew what it was will know how painful it can be. They are basically little tight spots in your muscles, they can cause pain in the area that they are in, but they can also cause a lot of pain in surrounding areas as they can refer.
A spiky massage ball may look rather strange – in fact, at first glance you might think it’s a dog toy, and Fido would probably love to dig his teeth in, but this ball is definitely not something you want your four-legged best friend to destroy, as it’s an incredible tool to relieve those tired, sore feet after a long day – and, much more.
The spiky massage ball was first created in Denmark in an attempt to help depressed psychiatric patients find a way out of their mental states using a stimulating massage. It’s a fairly simple design, made from a very durable plastic that’s covered with spikes that have rounded ends. They come in a variety of sizes and are often used by massage therapists and physiotherapists for relieving muscle tightness. But they’re becoming increasingly popular for at home use too, allowing one to perform massages on themselves. The balls work by stimulating tissues that are directly beneath the skin. When used with calm, relaxed breathing, the spiky balls also help to relieve muscle tension.
If you suffer from muscle pain, whether you are a person that exercises or not, you should really think about getting one. Spiky massage balls can really help ease your pain and it is likely that after you use it you will feel like you have so much more range of movement. This can really help to increase your training and of course simply feel better.
1. Improving circulation
With so many of us leading sedentary lifestyles, stuck behind a desk, for example, our feet muscles don’t get the exercise they need, not to mention confining shoes, both of which contribute to impaired foot health. Rolling each foot over a spiky ball in a 10 to the 20-minute session just before bedtime can be a great way to boost circulation in your lower extremities as well as help you feel calmer so that you can fall asleep faster, and sleep better too.
2. Reduces depression and anxiety symptoms
Foot massages are well known to put one in a very relaxed state, but they do a lot more than that. Frequent foot massage sessions have been found to dramatically lessen anxiety in cancer patients, and they’re also said to significantly reduce depression as well.
3. Reducing the effects of edema in pregnant women
Edema, or swelling in the feet and ankles due to fluid retention, is quite common in pregnant women, particularly in the third trimester. The effects can be reduced by using a spiky ball to massage the feet at least once a day, combined with rest and proper diet.
4. Decreases the pain of plantar fasciitis and flat feet
Chronic heel pain that often results from deterioration of the connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot, or the plantar fascia, can be significantly lessened through foot exercise and deep foot massage, including using a spiky ball to massage the feet and applying strong pressure to the arch. It can also help people who don’t have a normal foot arch due to ligament laxity, which causes the arch to collapse, resulting in what’s known as “flat feet.” While some people with this condition don’t experience pain, others suffer from pain even with just mild physical activity.
5. Preventing foot and ankle injuries
A foot massage is great for relieving joint pain and aiding injury recovery as well as reducing muscle soreness. When massage is combined with foot and ankle strengthening exercise, it can help prevent an injury in the future while also speeding recovery of any existing injury. Just a short session, 3 to 5 times per week can help minimize the risk of injury by strengthening those important ankle and foot muscles.
How To Use The Spiky Ball To Massage Your Feet
Now that you know why you should roll your foot over that spiky ball, here’s how to do it. You can sit in a chair and simply take turns rolling each foot over the ball in any direction you wish, apply as much or as little pressure as desired.