Updated: Nov 5
Get Off That Lacrosse Ball!
Where in the world did people get the idea that brute force is REQUIRED to release fascia in the body? If you're being left with bruises after using a Lacrosse Ball...STOP. If you're holding back tears as you grit your teeth after the bizillionth time of “strumming” your painful IT band with a lacrosse ball....STOP STOP. THE. INSANITY! There is one thing guaranteed with brute force. It will cause your body to react...and NOT IN A GOOD WAY. …Sure you can lacrosse ball your IT band. But why? Sure, you can FEEL it. Your mind feels like it’s making strides in healing your aches and pains because you have distinct feedback, right? But it hurts like heck! Guess what? Your body isn’t on the same page. I'm the fascia police! Your body is bracing, protecting, and I'm going to guess, it's even protesting!! You can’t “release” your fascia while it’s trying to protect you at the same time. And yes, your fascia will REFLEXIVELY try and protect you. It’s counterproductive. Myofascial release with lacrosse balls, foam rollers, scraping tools, blasters, etc., USED TRADITIONALLY, bruise and hurt. Some of these tools, used in any way bruise and hurt. You will eventually have to attend to your pain and aches again. And again. And again. And ultimately, you are just creating more adhesions. Even the potential for injury. ESPECIALLY if your ego is driving your self-care session, DETERMINED to PULVERIZE your pain into submission. It's not going to work. Soooo can you really release fascia? YES. Without destroying your body? YES. How? Be willing to be curious that maybe receiving a gentler form of bodywork can be more productive. Then, be willing to hold that curiosity for at least a few MFR treatments with Karen at Dynamic Myofascial Release. I’ll show you, you don’t need brute force to heal your body.
Not in San Diego, CA? Find a John F. Barnes MFR therapist here and get off that lacrosse ball!