Trigger Point's Massage Ball's primary focus is to relieve the muscle of existing spasms and/or trigger points by applying pressure to the "trigger point" area. Apply pressure with the ball by using the floor, wall or any hard surface to stabilize movement of the ball. Understand, in order to get to the belly of the muscle the ball has to remain still with an ample amount pressure for 5 to 7 seconds. This is when the ball will change shape and the muscle will soften relieving the muscle spasm or trigger point. Once relieved, roll the Trigger Point Massage Ball side to side or in circles for a cross friction type massage. Get your Hands Involved: Place the Trigger Point Massage Ball into the back of the palm of your hand. Understand, in order to get to the belly of the muscle the ball has to remain still with an ample amount pressure for 5 to 7 seconds. This is when the ball will change shape and the muscle will soften relieving the muscle spasm or trigger point. Once relieved, roll the Trigger Point Massage Ball side to side or in circles for a cross friction type massage. THE TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE BALL IS GREAT FOR THE INNER THIGH, NECK, QUADS, OR ANYWHERE THAT YOU'VE GOT TO RELEASE SPAMS OR TRIGGER POINTS.
Comments about Trigger Point Technology Triggerpoint Massage Ball:
I suffer from poor flexibility and tight/knotted muscles. Specific problem areas have been my upper back/shoulders, neck, piriformis, hip flexors and calves. My upper back/neck has been so tight that my range of motion for turning my neck is limited.
I've used a theracane for years to work out knots, but since I got my Trigger Point ball I haven't touched it.
I can't emphasize enough how much I love this TP ball. I use it almost every day, and if I can't find it, the entire family turns the house upside down until we find it.
At first I wondered what's the big deal about it. What can it do that a tennis ball or lacrosse ball can't do or other 'trigger point' product. The propaganda says that the construction supposedly mimics a thumb such that the outer layer has some give to it while the inner core is solid. A tennis ball just completely collapses and a lacrosse ball or hard ball is too hard without any give like a thumb has. I considered it all propaganda even as I held it in my hand. They say you need to apply pressure for a few seconds (5-7) until the outer layer conforms to your muscle. It allows the harder core to really get into the belly of the muscle w/o damaging the muscle. At least that's what they say. I squeezed it in my hand and couldn't really tell anything, but then I tried it on my shoulder/upper back. ..
The DVD that comes with it warns that this is a Hurts so good technology. And that when you first start using it, it is going to be a little...um..uncomfortable until you get used to it. Understatement. The instructions say to lay down on it, or put it up against a wall or use your other hand to press it into your muscle of choice. Hold the pressure for 5-7 seconds, take a deep breath, and then move it around in a small circle to work out the knots.
Well I put it on the floor and put it under my left shoulder/upper back. I found my hot spot all right. And I didn't really get a chance to take a deep breath. Because when the ball started to conform into my muscle, I just gasped. The kind jumping in ice cold water, getting hit in solar plexus kind of gasp. And I started to move my body working the ball in a circle on my knots.
My knots are so tight that I could literally hear the ball rolling over them and would resonate to the floor. I finally was able to handle the initial pain and my gosh. Afterwards I could bend my neck forwards and turn my head to the side farther than I'd ever in recent memory.
From cycling, my hip flexors and piriformis really get tender and soar. Again when I find the hot spots it is amazing. I can literally make a pop sound as the ball rolls over the knot. From mountain biking I try to keep my elbows out and wide, which makes my upper back/shoulders really soar. Calves, forearms, chest, you name it.
It takes some patience and effort to find your spots. Sometimes it can be hard to get the ball just right in the hot spot. I have a hard time using it on the top of my traps (the shoulder hunching muscles)
The one thing I've had problems with is the ball losing its shape. It's supposed to stay round, but mine ends up getting two flat sides on it making it difficult to roll around. I sent one back to the manufacturer and they replaced it because they said they had a bad run, but my other one has started to lose shape again.
Anyway, highly recommended. It definitely is better than a tennis ball or lacrosse ball. The only thing that comes close is an elbow or thumb from a skilled massage therapist.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend