Have a Spa Day, Every Day, With a Tension Relieving Massage Ball

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While everyone could benefit from a professional massage at the end of a long day, most people don’t have the time (or money) to see a massage therapist on a regular basis. The second best thing is a massage ball. A massage ball is something you can use anytime you feel muscle pain, and the benefit is that you can specifically target problem areas. They’re an especially good thing to have if you’re an athlete; massage balls reduce pain while improving your range of motion. In short, they’ll make you both feel and perform better.

Even if you’re more of a desk jockey, there are aches and pains that come with sitting at a desk for an extended period of time. Having a massage ball can help relieve back, neck, and even arm discomfort. Massage balls come in a few different sizes and textures. You can choose between larger balls for targeting the lower back or a smaller size to relieve hard to reach muscles. These are some of our favorite massage balls.

  

1. TriggerPoint Foam Massage Ball

This foam massage ball has a smooth surface and is available in either 5 inch or 2.5 inch diameters. It’s designed to suit a variety of locations, including quads, pecs, shoulders, and hips. It can also reduce pain in the glutes. The 5 inch size is designed to replicate the feeling of a massage therapist’s elbow.

Pros: Durable but lightweight foam, water-resistant surface is easy to clean.

Cons: Somewhat expensive.

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2. Pro-Tec Athletics Orb

For a more intense effect, this orb has a textured, bumpy surface. The 5 inch ball provides an intense massage, but for a more extreme effect you can go for the smaller “Extreme” massage balls, which are denser and more heavily textured. The balls are all made from durable and easy to clean EVA foam.

Pros: Textured surface for an intense effect, works for a variety of muscles.

Cons: Somewhat expensive.

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3. Kieba Massage Lacrosse Balls

A popular option is to use lacrosse balls, and these are specifically designed to be used as massage balls. They’re firm 2.5 inch balls, and each order comes with a set of 2 . Having two balls is a good way to work multiple points at the same time — for example, you can put one of each on either side of your spine and roll over them for a deep shoulder muscle massage.

Pros: Affordable, available in various bright colors, includes two 2.5 inch balls.

Cons: They may have a strong rubbery smell.

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