Daily Mobility Exercises by Dr. Kelly Starrett Forums General Lacrosse ball vs Yoga tune up ball

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      Luke EverettLuke Everett

      I just bought the yoga tune up ball. Itʻs a lot softer and doesnʻt feel like its doing much compared to the lacrosse ball. So far Iʻve only used it on my ankle and foot. Is there a more specific use for the yoga tune ball? Like when should I use a lacrosse ball and when should I use a yoga tune up ball?

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      Yes, the Yoga Tune Balls are softer& grippier than a lacrosse ball.
      Some areas you may need a lacrosse ball and some areas a YTU ball gets in better.
      In some areas a lacrosse ball is too hard and the muscles, tissues tighten up vs relaxing.
      The would determine when/where to use which ball depending on where an area is at.
      They are good for the feet, neck, upper back, low back for some people.
      I know some people who like them for their hip and if something is tender.
      Another tool in the tool box.
      There are several episodes where a YTU ball is used in the demo.
      A couple are here
      Ankle Positional Fault Fix: Jill Miller Style
      Jill Miller and Your Dys-Supple Neck
      Jill Miller Smashes Your Guts! (and psoas, and tacked down viscera, and matted down abdominals…) Part 2

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      AvatarNathan Richer

      thinner areas like your serratus or on the shoulder blade may require softer balls or else you’ll never relax – it’ll be too painful because you’ll be pushing a hard ball onto bone through thin skin.

      also i think that some newly touched areas, or sensitive areas, like for me the adductors especially near the hip, required softer balls to get me used to the pressure first, and also for releasing some of the difficult adhesions that have been there for a while first. then i could graduate up to harder tools as my knots worked themselves out.
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