Repost from 12/28/09
For fast relief from back ache or muscle strain… Find a quiet and preferably carpeted area to lie down upon.
Remove your shoes and breath deeply for a minute or so. Place a used tennis ball under or near the sore area(s). Use an older, softer ball to start. A new one may be too unforgiving on the first attempt.
Continue breathing and relaxing as you settle onto the ball. Move it around the affected area after a brief period according to your comfort level.
This quick fix can be invaluable during the limited time between tennis matches and competitive play. It will produce the desired results to reduce or temporarily eliminate muscular discomfort.
A tile or wood floor can substitute for. The ball will tend to slide outward from the body on these surfaces which can give an enhanced massage feeling. With some practice and experience you will find both the right application of pressure and amount of time to vanquish some physical ailments that tennis can demand of a player.
This method is also successful for the upper back, neck, shoulders and legs. Be sure to adopt a regular stretching routine for your fitness activities.
As well, massaging both the feet and hands will improve performance on court and improve recovery from fatigue. After achieving some success with this method, it is possible to use more than one ball to massage away the aches and soreness. Combining several tennis balls into a large sock can aid in the reduction of stress to the body. As with any knowledge or skill gain, 'Practice makes perfect'.