The 4” air-filled ball continues to be one of the most effective and inexpensive pain relief treatment tools. It is effective for elimination of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
BENEFITS OF USING THE 4” BALL
* Allows a prolonged stretch which reorganizes and releases tightened fascia.
* Increased blood flow to painful areas.
* Restores proper alignment to muscles and joints
4” BALL STRETCHES ARE EFFECTIVE FOR:
Back pain- upper, middle, lower
Tight quads, hamstring, IT bands
Loosen tightened scar tissue
Women’s and Men’s Health:
* Restores proper blood flow to the pelvis and reproductive organs providing a beneficial effect for:
* Pelvic Pain and Sexual Dysfunction
* Interstitial Cystitis
Hands On’s website/resource page ( http://www.handson-austin.com/resources/ ) has some valuable blog articles which help to understand the importance of properly lengthening connective tissue vs just stretching….or not stretching at all. (http://www.handson-austin.com/guide-to-myofascial-stretching/ ) We have a great article on the Psoas muscle. (http://www.handson-austin.com/the-importance-of-the-psoas-muscle/) The psoas muscle is a culprit in back pain and difficult for many people to stretch correctly. We also have a page of 4” ball exercises in our Exercise Tips section. (http://www.handson-austin.com/wp-content/uploads/yellow-ball-stretches.pdf ), as well as our newest handout. ( http://www.handson-austin.com/wp-content/uploads/Psoas-Ball-Release.pdf ).
At Hands On, the 4″ ball is one of our go to exercises whether it’s Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Massage Therapy clients.
Jody Hendryx, PT, LMT