Self Myofascial Release & Trigger Point Therapy With An Inflatable Ball

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Placement for Self-MFR of the back and spine.

Myofascial Release is not only an awesome and highly effective treatment technique to receive during a therapy session, it can be used at home and this is what makes it stand out from the crowd. Self Myofascial Release using a small inflatable ball feels good, can reduce your pain and symptoms as well as prevent them in the future.

It is similar to using a foam roller, trigger point massage tool, yellow ball, Theracane, etc but slightly different in technique. A tennis ball, like a foam roller, can often be too hard or too much pressure, and an inflatable ball can allow you to stay in one position for 3-5 minutes. Place it where you feel tightness, tenderness, restriction or pain to allow the tissue and your body to release completely without feeling like you have to protect yourself due to intense sensations or pain.

Get yourself an inflatable 4 or 5 inch ball (10cm) and follow along with the video below to experience for yourself how effective this simple tool can be. After you try a few of these techniques on yourself, let us know what you experienced in the comments section below. If you have any questions or continue to have pain or a movment problem, contact our physical therapist in Greensboro, NC to see how we can help you return to the activities you enjoy.

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Dr. Aaron LeBauer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, LLC, with his wife Andra, in Greensboro, N.C. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2008. Dr. LeBauer graduated from Duke University in 1996 with a B.A. in History and moved to San Francisco where he studied Massage Therapy and Health Education at the National Holistic Institute. He has specialized in Myofascial Release since 2000 and is an Instructor with the John F. Barnes MFR Seminars. A native of Greensboro, Dr. LeBauer returned in 2005 to continue the third generation of LeBauers as health care professionals in Greensboro. Dr. LeBauer enjoys riding one of his vintage Vespa and Lambretta scooters or his bicycle to work. He has raced bicycles since high school and as a category 1 amateur all over the United States. He was based out of Northern California and North Carolina and spent a very memorable summer racing in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. He enjoys working in his garden and has an edible landscape including pears, apples, scuppernogs (native muscadine grapes), raspberries, blueberries, figs, various seasonal vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. He has two beautiful daughters and an amazing wife.

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