I have written quite a bit on the many benefits of body rolling, specifically, YBR. However, what is the difference between the specialized Yamuna body rolling balls and the foam rollers you can quickly get at many stores? Below, we will compare the two different rolling props and their roles in myofascial release therapy in Kansas City or Lawrence.
First, what is myofascial release therapy? Myofascial refers to muscle and fascia—connective tissue surrounding muscle, so myofascial pain is muscle pain. Myofascial release therapy in Lawrence or Kansas City can be found at just a few locations. It is a release in your muscles and the connective tissue around them when they have become “stuck,” tight, or misaligned, all of which will lead to pain.
Both foam rollers and Yamuna body rolling balls can benefit you in the self-treatment of myofascial pain. However, there are many differences. First, and most obvious, is that with a foam roller, a long, solid foam tube, you are limited to a linear, or back and forth, motion for myofascial release. With YBR balls, you can roll in any direction, getting into areas that would be impossible with a foam roller. This can be especially beneficial when it comes to bonier regions. A benefit to body rolling with a foam roller is that it can also be used in various exercise techniques; whereas, an upside to using YBR balls is that they are easily portable. Often, they can even be deflated to pack for travel.
Another difference between foam rollers and YBR balls is that foam rollers tend to be very firm. This can be a definite plus for people who are looking for deep myofascial release therapy. However, you need to make sure that your muscles are prepared for the intense feeling of a firm roller. When too firm of a roller is used, many people will tense their muscles, called rebound tension, which will prevent the body from experiencing full myofascial release. YBR balls are available in many sizes and firmness levels. This allows you to select the size and firmness you need based on your body’s specific needs and the area of the pain. This will help your body receive the full release, as you can work up slowly from softer balls to more firm balls.
Some people believe that body rolling with foam rollers is quicker than with YBR balls. While this may be true, for full myofascial release therapy to work, you need to practice proper technique with either tool. While a quick roll with a foam roller may feel nice, it is not getting you full release. Proper technique with both rollers and balls means slow, deliberate motions and moving with your breath. If you are limited on time, I recommend isolating a specific, small area and working there until time allows for a full release of a larger area of your body.
If you are interested in Yamuna body rolling or myofascial release therapy in Kansas City or Lawrence, contact Action Potential at 785-760-0902.