I’ve been meaning to do this blog post for a while. I have made various videos on how to use trigger point tools for psoas or IT band release and others but not combined hips and upper thoracic in a single video and most people typically need both.
While fitness encompasses many components such as cardiovascular, muscular strength & endurance, agility, power, speed, flexibility and balance it also should include RECOVERY which can help you be more mobile, keep/shoulder or hip pain reduced or eliminated and help you keep going for a lifetime albeit different levels as we age.
Too many times I have had conversations with people and that have said they use to run 5 miles a day in which now they don’t run at all. Now they walk 5-10 miles everyday. Uggh. I don’t think they get it. You have to diversify/cross train but I’m not going there with this blog post.
Most readers of this blog know me as a personal trainer and athlete. I’ve been an overall health and wellness coach for over 30 years and only added massage therapy the past 2 years. For training I’m a little more upbeat to get you going and typically give usually 2-3 movements/exercises at a time and then you repeat. For this 5 minute instructional how to video, you can see I’m super chill and this is how you should approach the trigger point balls or fascia release tools for yourself. Only when I massage myself and other with the tissue warm do I get a little more aggressive with the fascia. This is only if the person on the table can handle the high pain for a short period of time to reduce or eliminate the chronic lingering pain.
It doesn’t always have to be uncomfortable but let’s face it, it you haven’t made strides to work on recovery or stretching you will have to mentally find your happy place until your fascia is in better condition. It’s totally worth it! You will find areas that you didn’t think were sore are and need some tender loving care. No need to force your fascia into submission as it’s gonna take more than one session to reshape and remold the fascia. Stick with it for at least 6-8 weeks 3-4 times per week. Best to perform after being warmed up from exercise or a hot shower/bath. Don’t let that be the excuse why you don’t do it though. Just make it a habit and it will get easier.
We have to stop and listen to and be proactive about our recovery options available to us and our specific needs. Different repetitive exercises or activities such as shoveling dirt, mulch, stall, rocks or gardening can wreak havoc on your low back and hips as well as sitting for long periods.
Here’s link to both balls seen in below video:
(when onsite again I may stock the pro-shop with these as well)
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Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Energy Fitness /Owner/Dir. of Training
(Club 29 Fitness Inc.)
898 N. Hwy 25 Bypass
Greenville, SC 29690 (Travelers Rest area) shooting for June 2023 re-open date!