Health & Fitness

September 19, 2011

Just roll the pain away!

If you're feeling achy, the key to relieving your pain might be in your gym bag. Using balls is an ideal way to release the muscle tension that causes pain.

If you're feeling achy, the key to relieving your pain might be in your gym bag. Using balls is an ideal way to release the muscle tension that causes pain. Do these moves from the October issue of Women's Health for 30 seconds (rolling the ball and then holding the ball in each sore spot for a few beats) several times a day.

FOOT PAIN — While seated, move a golf ball back and forth under the arch of your foot. For a more intense massage, do it while standing.

LOWER BACK PAIN — Lie on your back with bent knees. Place a lacrosse ball on either side of your spine, between your ribs and the top of your butt.

SHOULDER PAIN — Lie on your back with a tennis ball between your spine and right shoulder blade. Hug your left shoulder with your right arm. Switch sides.

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