This simple, raggedy tennis ball has been my hardworking companion and trusty massage tool for years. I keep it within reach by the television. I pack it on every trip. It has never let me down.
How, you ask? How can a cheap tennis ball be so invaluable? It's portable self-care! Book a massage appointment with me or with my coworker Ashley at Myocare with complaints of hip, sacrum, or low back pain, and you'll inevitably be treated to the elbow-in-the-glutes treatment - a tremendous relief for these symptoms. While an educated approach from a licensed professional will yield the best results, what about right now?...when you've got to get through the big business meeting, or catch a plane, or run that race? Grab that tennis ball and sit on it. Yes, sit on it. Roll around a bit. Find those tight spots and pause there til they release. Make sure the cheek getting the treatment is relaxed. Don't forget the top and side areas, following the arch of the pelvis and the edge of the sacrum (tailbone). You'll be amazed.
Click here for a good instructional video from a local physical therapist.