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Ball for Soft Tissue Work?

Anyone using a ball instead of a foam roller for doing soft tissue work? I find tennis balls are too small and my medicine ball is too damn hard. Anyone have success with a particular brand?

tennis and lacrosse balls only really work on small areas…just buy a foam roller, but use those two types of balls too, mostly for lower leg work.

Yeah, go to a pet store (like petsmart), they sell a ball for dogs that is green and much firmer than tennis balls, and slightly larger. Costs about $4. It works well for me. They had other sizes and firmness as well.

I use the petstore rubber balls and lacrosse balls.

[quote]ConanSpeaks wrote:
Anyone using a ball instead of a foam roller for doing soft tissue work? I find tennis balls are too small and my medicine ball is too damn hard. Anyone have success with a particular brand?[/quote]

Try a softball, it’d be larger than the tennis ball but not as large as the medicine ball.

I’ve got 4 softballs threaded on a piece of bungee coed and did the same with 4 tennis balls. I want to find something in between, like about 3" in diameter. They work good in specific areas. Other places, the stick works better.

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tape two tennis balls together (ala mike boyle). this works for more than spine exercises.

if a tennis ball is too small for your knot, then you are in foam roller territory.

I use a softball for my rotator cuff triggerpoints. Workls wonders.

Get a theracane as well. Really helps with those spots you can’t get with the tennis ball and you have more leverage to control the amount of pressure on the exact spot.

I have all three, and they all have their purpose!!!

I’ve had good success with a method called Body Rolling www.yamunabodyrolling.com

I was quite skeptical at first, but after experiencing it first hand, I’m sold on it. I find it far superior to using a foam roller. It’s much more versatile,easier to use,and just plain more effective. I took the two day seminar when I lived in NYC (which was great,although pretty pricey) but now just follow along to a DVD. I’ve tried other types of balls (small ball therapy and others that I’ve come across over the years) but the Yamuna ones seem to work a lot better. There are different ones with different desities for different areas of the body. I find this system to be great for the hamstrings,piriformis and IT band areas.

There are small rubber balls you can buy which come in different sizes. They are perfect! I found a link to some info about them, don’t know where exactly to purchase them though.

http://www.wannabebig.com/article.php?articleid=285

Thanks for the great feedback. I’ll give these ideas a try.