Hello lacrosse ball, my old friend.
It’s time to roll on you again.
Because my glutes they are a tightening,
While my quads they feel quite frightening.
And the knots in my fascia cause me pain
It can’t remain
So please ignore my sounds of screaming
– jumpsaildive, Aug 2016
The more you train, the more likely you will get tightness in places you never thought you would get tight. That’s when you need to perform some myofascial release. Most people recommend using a foam roller, but to really get to those parts that you can’t reach you need to use something like a Lacrosse ball.
I’m not going to write about how to use one, rather I will point you to some resources that I use to help me get rid of the aches and pains that I plague me from time to time.
Joe DeFranco’s Limber 11
DeFranco is a bit of a legend in the performance enhancement field. Several years ago he created the Agile 8, and in 2013 he updated it to give the Limber 11. This is a great routine to help gain flexibility in your hips and to reduce lower back pain.
Trigger Point Therapy Workbook
I’ve had this book for a few years now and it is a fantastic resource. It answers a lot of questions and if you are looking to go deeper into using trigger points then you should give it a go. You can find it on Amazon here.
The Art of Manliness
The website has many interesting articles, they have a good beginners guide to myofascial release using a foam roller and a lacrosse ball.