Friday Favorite: Lacrosse Balls

Lacrosse balls? Yes, and I don’t even know anything about the sport!

White lacrosse ball

A coworker had mentioned a while back that she used them for kinks in her back. I’ve been having a hard time getting into the knots in my glutes with the foam roller or medicine ball and my tennis ball is too soft. After I came across this video from Movement Theory, I knew I should check out this inexpensive option.

I love how the lacrosse ball can really get into the knots in my glutes. Definitely one of those “hurts so good” situations going on, you know?

Guess what else they’re great for?!

Lacrosse ball massage for plantar fasciitis

Oh yeah, you know it! I’ve now started using this before using my Foot Rubz, but you could easily use it on its own.

Foot Rubz, tennis ball, lacrosse ball for plantar fasciitis

Just be careful with how much pressure you apply because you can definitely go overboard and aggravate it as I did.

Lacrosse ball on plantar fascia

Speaking of aggravation, check out these hot bruises I’m sporting:

Forearm bruises from Graston for tennis elbow

Yessiree, Graston and ART strike again. I actually didn’t even realize I had bruised until I caught sight of it in the mirror. It’s not nearly as painful as it was on my ITB, hamstring, hip, and glute and I’m already noticing improved range of motion with less pain after only three visits. The chiropractor thinks it will take another three to five sessions to take care of the tennis elbow. In the meantime, I continue to ice and stretch.

Thankfully, my plantar fasciitis is also sloooooowly but surely getting better. I repeated stage 7 of return to running this week as I aggravated my arch when I walked around Boston without my inserts or KT Tape last Friday (the PT had to take off the tape to cast my orthotics). Unfortunately, the running took place inside again because this is what outside looked like:

January 2014 -8 degrees

Check out the “real feel” temperature. Yeah. It’s been a chilly week here in Massachusetts. And in case I couldn’t decide for myself whether or not I wanted to run outside, the app was nice enough to tell me it was a poor day for outdoor fitness. 😉 It’s finally supposed to warm up a bit this weekend so I can venture outside for stage 8!

In personal news, the first week of my online A&P class has come and gone. Because it’s online, I had to purchase a kit to do the required labs at home. I reviewed the lab manual the professor uploaded online after purchasing the kit and my eyes quickly came upon a mention of a cat specimen. When the box arrived earlier this week I was a bit apprehensive about opening it. Was there really a dead cat inside? My husband and I just stared at it questioningly before I decided to break into it while he was out.

Lab Paq A&P I kit

Suffice it to say that yes, unfortunately, there is a dead cat inside. And a sheep’s brain. Don’t worry, I will not post any pictures. Feel free to do a Google image search for yourself if you’re interested.

So I have a dead cat and a sheep brain in my house right now and they will probably remain here through the summer in various stages of dissection as I will need to keep the specimens for A&P II as well. Awesome. I tell myself that I’d have to dissect them even if I were in a regular class, so it is what it is. Though I’m a bit conflicted about it, and don’t love having them in my house, I just need to put my big girl pants on and get ‘er done (with utmost respect to the specimens, of course). I’m sure it will be interesting.

Some other cool items  came in the kit, such as this guy I’m sure I’ll have fun playing with:

Mini skeleton

I think I need to give him a name. Is “Bones” too expected?

My other favorite item is a stash of slides that makes me feel like Dexter Morgan:

Case of specimen slides

Who do you suppose the human blood came from? Do you think people volunteer or do they get paid? Quite an interesting gig if it’s paid.

Do you mind if I share some fun facts I learned this week in A&P? I promise this won’t become a wicked sciencey blog, but I thought it would be nice to share some interesting facts about the human body, which I find endlessly fascinating!

Goosebumps

Goosebumps!

  • The piloerector muscles that are attached to our hair follicles are what give us goosebumps. They’re “leftover” from our ancestors, kind of like a vestigal organ (organs that remain in us even though we no longer “need” them, such as the appendix). In other mammals that have a lot more hair, the muscles fluff the hair and conserve heat.
  • Another vestigal muscle, if you will, is the auricularis in our ears. For other mammals, the muscle moves the ears to receive sound, repel bugs, etc. Most people cannot contract these muscles.
  • Hippocrates noted that the body usually returns to a state of equilibrium (homeostasis) on its own and that people recover from most illnesses without the help of a physician. (Note: I am not suggesting that you do not seek medical attention, but rather marvel at the self-restoration capabilities of the body on many occasions).

Thanks for indulging me and letting me nerd-out for a moment. Now it’s your turn! Have you come across any particularly helpful products lately? Is it freezing where you are or is it nice and warm (and for the record, 30 degrees F would be warm to me right now!)? Do you like random facts about the human body? What are some of your favorites?

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4 thoughts on “Friday Favorite: Lacrosse Balls

  1. That is too cold for me to run. We have had a mild winter so I have been able to run outside. Hope your foot gets better, I have been struggling with something similar and it’s a bummer.

    • Bonjour, Karen! Oui, c’est trop froid! Thankfully it’s closer to 45 today, so outside I go!

      Thanks for the well wishes on my foot. It’s slowly getting there. Do you have PF too? Have you tried massaging it, KT tape, icing, stretching? It will get better, it just takes a long time and the right diagnosis!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Great post! Thanks. I’m going to buy tennis balls tomorrow.

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