Self-Massage Techniques for Pain

Filed Under: Bone & Joint Health
Last Reviewed 04/18/2014

Self-Massage Techniques for Pain

I have a great self-massage technique to work out knots and sore spots in my back. I put a tennis ball in a long sock and stand with my back against a wall. Holding on to the end of the sock, I position the ball over painful areas, then lean against the wall and move slightly so the ball massages the area. I can position the ball anywhere and control the pressure I apply. It may not be as good as a massage, but I can do it anytime, and this self-massage technique really works.  — V.W., Laguna Beach, Calif.

Brilliant idea! In a similar vein, another self-massage technique you can use to relieve foot cramps is rolling your feet over a golf ball.  JW

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