The MB5 Massage ball, from Trigger Point, is another tool I have been using lately for ‘self myofascial release’ (sMFR).
And I use quotations there because I tend to align myself more with the belief that massage, sMFR, trigger point release, and other such buzz words, involve more of a neurophysiological modulation of tone and not a true mechanical deformation of the muscle or fascia. With that being said, this post is not intended to be a position statement or systematic review of myofascial release techniques.
Here is a product description from the linked site above,
It’s five inch diameter was specifically designed to address the deeper tissue in the large muscle groups that become tight due to repetitive movement and sitting. The layered construction made up of different densities offers varying levels of pressure to break up adhesions, stimulate blood flow and restore mobility.”
Again, I don’t agree with the whole ‘breaking up adhesions’ idea but this product certainly works well for what they are describing, even if I believe the rationale is not entirely accurate.
I like this product because it falls right between the size of a lacrosse ball and a foam roller.
I would use the MB5 in place of a lacrosse ball if my tissues were feeling particularly sore that day and the lacrosse ball was just a bit too much. If sMFR is causing you to twinge and hold your breath from the pain, it’s too much.
In contrast, I sometimes will use the MB5 instead of a foam roller if I wanted to hit a little bit more specific of an area.
Here are few techniques that I like to use with the MB5.
Pec minor inhibition with scapular retraction/protraction and glenohumeral elevation
Calf contract relax with increases in pressure. I tend to aim towards the least amount of pressure that can get the job done. Also, general rolling both in medial-lateral and superior-inferior directions.
What kind of techniques do you like to use with a massage ball like this?
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