Spiky balls are a great form of self-therapy in between Osteopathic treatments to alleviate trigger points or tightness in your muscles.
Common conditions that people use spiky balls to help manage their symptoms include:
By rolling the ball under your foot to increase the circulation and reduced the tension in the plantar fascia patients have reported reduced pain with standing and applying load through the foot. This should be done multiple times throughout the day, especially at the beginning and end of the day.
Headaches can commonly be caused by increased tension in neck muscles, particularly the suboccipital muscles that sit right at the base of your skull. These muscles can be hard to stretch so using the pressure of the spiky ball help to decrease the muscle tension, increase blood circulation and ultimately reduce the headache symptoms.
Rotator cuff injuries, glut tendonopathies and back pain can also be managed at home using spiky ball therapy. As with the previous techniques shown, use the ball to relieve tension and release trigger points by massaging it into the area that is causing pain or reduced range of motion. Do not use the ball if you have an open wound, bruising or swelling.
For more information please consult your Osteopath at your next appointment.