Increase Mobility and Relieve Trigger Points With a Peanut Massage Ball Roller
The peanut massage ball, otherwise known as a double lacrosse ball, is an often overlooked myofascial release tool.
Most people believe that a foam roller and a massage ball are the only tools that you’ll ever need, however, be wary about overlooking the benefits that a peanut massage ball can provide.
Used properly, a peanut massage ball can relieve tension down the back and increase thoracic mobility.
In addition, its unique shape makes it effective in relieving neck tension and headaches.
These traits alone should convince you that a peanut massage ball is an essential tool for anyone who wants to perform trigger point massage and myofascial release at home.
As its name suggests, this type of massage ball is peanut shaped, with two spheres that are designed to cradle the spine while relieving tension in the surrounding muscles.
1. Increase Thoracic Mobility and Fix Hunch Back
If you’ve ever tried to massage your back or the muscles that run along your spine, you’ll know that a foam roller is ineffective as it’s too big, and a massage ball can be hard to control to keep it in the right place on your back.
With a peanut massage ball, its shape leaves space for your spine whilst massaging the muscles that run down either side (erector spinae) of your spine. This makes it much more effective than any other tool.
Because these muscles can get particularly tight it can reduce mobility in the upper back and contribute to rounding of the upper back.
Using a peanut massage ball should help counter these issues and help restore thoracic mobility.
2. Discover New Trigger Points
The peanut massage ball can be used in the same areas as a traditional massage ball can, however, the differences in results can be quite different given its shape.
The ball’s unique shape also helps you target areas of the body that would be difficult to treat with a foam roller – such as the forearms, shoulders, triceps, and feet.
If you’ve been using a traditional massage ball to massage your body experiment by using a peanut massage ball instead.
You’ll notice you may find new tender spots particularly when you try using it on your quads and calves.
The fact that the peanut massage ball will not roll around as much as a traditional massage ball also gives you more control.
3. Headache and Neck Tension Relief
The peanut massage ball is also great at relieving neck tension and headaches as its shape fits perfectly on either side of the neck allowing you to place even pressure on both sides of your head and neck.
Not only does tightness in these muscles cause headaches, but it can also lead to forward head posture.
If you suffer from this type of posture, running a peanut massage ball down the back of your neck may help with loosening these tight muscles.
Massage balls need to withstand a great deal of pressure in order to be effective in releasing deep muscle knots, so it’s important to choose one made from a durable material that won’t crack or deteriorate with regular use.
Generally, massage balls made from firm materials like solid rubber are more durable than those made from more flexible materials like EVA foam.
ARROW® Peanut Massage Roller
Vendor: Southern Cross Fitness
Type: Massage Rollers
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