This morning, I woke up with intense pain in my right shoulder. Turns out I slept on it wrong and had a mother of a muscle spasm. I was in agony, so off I went to the Internet to look for advice. I found a couple of articles that referenced "tennis ball therapy".
My husband and I are not tennis players. However, we were fortunate enough to find a doggie tennis ball at our old house. I gave it to our younger dog to play with and he never destroyed it. It was perfect for what I wanted it for.
Slowly, painfully, I lowered myself to the floor. I got my husband to help position the tennis ball in the right spot. Slowly, painfully, I laid down on the ball. It hurt, but I was determined to give this cure a try. I was still for a few minutes and felt the ball pressing into the tight spot. My right hand felt cool, as if the blood circulation was being slowed. Then the knot felt a little looser as I pressed harder. Slowly, I sat up.
The knot isn't totally gone. There's still a sharp ache there, but now I can move without too much agonizing pain. I feel a little queasy, though. Maybe something toxic has flowed into my bloodstream?
Who would have thought a tennis ball could provide such relief?