When we look to release trigger points and to work on myofacia we don’t use balls that give us a hard dig!
The balls we use have been used for over 20 years by the therapy world although I know some therapists still use the hard balls or even hockey balls! They may be used to working with fit young athletes who have a good amount of muscle mass.
The trouble with the hard dig is that it can damage, and inflame tissue and this is especially true of the mature market who have less collagen. Pushing yourself onto a hard ball may feel good momentary but it can damage and create bruising e.g. internal bleed.
I aim in my classes to work with the myofascia and release some trigger points. Fascia actually can respond to the lightest of touch and change. Your body weight is enough, or limb weight. We don’t aim to dig in as deep as possible as this can send neurons firing in the brain telling the body there is an attack on tissue in an area and white blood cells will rush into this tissue area. This can cause inflammation of the blood cells will think there is an attack on the tissue here.
Our aim is not to cause inflammation but creating healthy fascia.
Take a look at the pictures above and notice that there is a big difference between the balls commonly found on eBay and the ones we use in class. The first set is too hard with no give, compared to ours which mould into the body, which is what one does in a myofascia work and the Trigger Point Pilates that I integrate into my classes.