I do! I’ve mentioned before that I have had IT band issues for the past few years. There’s nothing more frustrating than a running injury when you love to run! I have gone to physical therapy several times, taken weeks off from running, and am now attached at the hip (literally) with my foam roller.

So when Rebecca offered to send me Jill Miller’s Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls to try out, I gladly accepted.IMG_8686 The therapy balls are designed to:

  • Relieve Stress
  • Unwind Knots
  • Loosen Locked Muscles

And they “provide targeted self-massage trigger point therapy by using specially designed high grip rubber balls and focused movement routines that help penetrate through layers of skin and muscle to massage deeply into your high tension areas.”

The balls are a little smaller and more squishy than a tennis ball.IMG_8702 They reminded me of a racquet ball.

In addition to my IT band pain, I also suffer from sciatic nerve pain. Since I am a very visual person, I thought it may be helpful to show you exactly where I feel pain most often.injury areas Sorry for the bum shot :) I should let you know that I don’t necessarily feel pain in these areas when I’m working out, but this is where I feel the most pain when I use the foam roller.

And this is where I have pain from my IT band. injury areas 2 The outside of my knee is where it was most painful when I was first injured (it hurt most to run), and I frequently feel tightness up and down the outside of my thigh.

I couldn’t wait to test out the therapy balls!

I popped in the disk expecting it to be a DVD,  but it was just an audio CD. To be honest, I would have found a DVD to be much for helpful. I had a hard time following the audio CD.  But remember, I am a very visual person :)

I found the tune up balls did a fantastic job at massaging my piriformis, which is the cause of my sciatic pain. IMG_8698 It was painful yet felt so good! It’s hard to message that area with the foam roller, and I found the balls did a much better job.

I tried to roll the ball along my IT band, but found that the foam roller does a better job.IMG_8705I’m sure anyone who has used a foam roller is familiar with that face! Ooh. Eeee. OW!

I also rolled my forearms along the balls, which felt great. Since I sit at a computer 8 hours a day, I plan to use them quite often on my forearms!

The therapy balls can also be used for your upper back & neck, lower back, feet, and rotator cuff.

If you frequently have knots in your neck or back, I would recommend trying these balls.

Personally, my problem areas are below the waist, so I plan on using them more for my lower body.

Do you have any “problem areas?”

P.S. my camera battery was charging while I was making and eating dinner so I have no food shots :)