The acuBall Mini is the BEST tool to use on the upper back muscles for deep release. If you want to release your spine, use the large acuBall. If you want to get into the muscles beside your spine, in your upper back or your shoulders, the Mini is incredibly powerful.
You can either lie down on your back with your knees bent to create more down-ward pressure and place the Mini behind your shoulder blade or go up to a wall (wall balling) and place it behind your shoulder blade. Since lying down allows your full body weight to be on the Mini it will create a deeper effect.
Move around, until you have the right spot. You will clearly know when you have found it as the sensation can be quite intense but it resolves within 30-60 seconds quite nicely then feels wonderful. Once you have the right spot, breathe deeply and release the tension. The Mini’s harder consistency will dig quite deep into the mus-cle. Remember that this area will be tender, so breathe, and give at least 30-60 seconds for the pain to decrease.
The acuBall Mini is a powerful release tool for the muscles in the shoulder, especially the rotator cuff muscles and the deltoids.
Leaning into a wall, let the weight of your body allow the acuBall Mini’s nibs to pe-netrate the muscle and connective tissue and release built up tension. The nibs will also stimulate blood flow to flush out the wastes that have accumulated in your tight muscles reducing pain and stiffness.
Locate the tight spot and move around till you find exactly where your body wants you to go. The front of your arm will be tight especially if you use a computer or cell phone. Let the weight of your body pressing into the nibs open and relax the muscles in the front of your arm. Breathe deep into any discomfort you feel. Once the spot has extinguished move onto the next tender area you find. The Mini will do a tremendous job and many users feel the difference almost immediately in their shoulder function with improved range of motion and strength.
Lower Thoracic/Diaphragm Release
To work the lower thoracic spine and diaphragm from the back of your body, lie on your back with your knees bent and use both hands to centre the heated acuBall underneath the lower mid back area directly on your spine.
Realize that you’ve probably heldtightness in this area tight for a long time from forward bending. If you’re at a computer, holding kids, driving, doing housework, you’re continuously bending forward. This part of your spine therefore loves to be reversed and extended to be properly balanced out and that’s what we’re doing here.
Move your torso higher or lower keeping the acuBall centered on your spine until you locate a tight spot. Once you get the spot, you’ll know because it will be quite sensitive and you’ll feel an opening effect in the front of your body where the diaphragm muscle connects to your abdominal area. Again, breathe into it and relax.
After 3 minutes you will definitely feel an opening effect occurring in the front of your body, as your diaphragm, ribs and muscle tissue start to release. You can absolutely feel something changing in a wonderfully opening way. Again, breathe into it and relax.
The acuBall Mini is an incredible tool for releasing contraction and tightness in the muscles, connective tissue and joints of the hands and forearms. It is powerful!
Used in hospitals for hand rehabilitation and used by professional athletes like NHL & NBA players to improve hand performance the acuBall Mini is a truly wonderful tool to have on your side. If you know someone who has arthritic change in their hands, make sure to show them this technique. You can also use the acuBall Mini as a self-massage tool stimulating blood flow to tight connective and muscle tissue and also loosening contraction in the joints and the connective tissue surrounding them.
When using the Acuball Mini, locate the spots where you feel tenderness. Apply pressure using your other hand or on a counter-top and move SLOWLY searching for areas of tenderness. Going slowly allows your mind to properly receive the sig-nals your body sends telling you where to go. Work on your fingers, your palms then go into your large muscles in your thumb. The big muscle in the thumb com-monly gets tight from housework, texting, being at a computer and many other every daily activities.
Make sure to get right in there, feel that contracted area and really work it. Once you’ve found a good spot hold it and deep breathe. You will know after a certain amount of time that it is time to move. Your body will tell you: “ok now, go to the next spot”.
Find another tight area in that muscle and hold it there as well.
Let your body give you the message of where it wants you to go and for how long it wants you to stay there. Most tenderness will dissipate within 60 secs – 2 mins.
You can also use the acuBall Mini as a powerful release tool for your forearms. If you have carpal tunnel, use the Mini to self-massage all the way up through the flexor muscles on the inner aspect of your forearm. A lot of people tighten this area from bending their wrist when they use a mouse or repetitively holding their cell phone.
To work the outer extensor muscles of your forearm lean up against a wall with your arm bent at 90 degrees and put the Mini in between the outer aspect of your forearm and the wall then lean into it letting your body weight do the work.
You’ll definitely know when you’ve found a spot – it will be tender. Breathe into it and relax letting the Mini penetrate and separate tight muscle and connective tissue fibres while stimulating blood flow to flush out built up muscle wastes. Keep repeating this until you’ve worked on as many tight spots as you can. You can do this multiple times daily to really work out you tight areas.
Every time you have to bend your wrist to use your mouse, your forearm muscles come into play. So don’t be surprised to find out that you have a virtual smorgas-bord of tightness in your forearms!