While tennis balls are great at working out knots and tightness in your neck, they’re too squishy to allow you to really dig into the soles of your feet. But a rubber lacrosse ball—which stays nice and firm—is one of the greatest tools you can use in an exercise to banish pain and improve your foot and ankle mobility, says chiropractor Lance von Stade, DC. “It puts mechanical input and sheer force into each one of those joints individually,” he says in a YouTube video, which can help relax tight muscles and mobilize your feet.
To get a quality massage with a lacrosse ball, Dr. von Stade suggests working into different parts of your foot step-by-step—almost like a yoga flow, but for your feet. Whether you’re putting pressure into your feet in a lunge position or a squat position, follow along with the video above to make sure you’re hitting all the right spots.
And don’t forget to give your wrists some love, too:
For relief for the rest of your body, try these doorway stretches that release tension from head-to-toe or simply grab your jade roller. Yep, the one you usually just save for your face.
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