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I have owned a Fitness Mad Spikey Massage Ball now for arounf 18 months and although it looks rather odd, I do think it's got its uses. I paid about £4 from Amazon though I have seen them cheaper (And more expensive) than this. I have been trying to do a bit of keep fit lately and been working out with some weights. The downside of all this extra exercise I'm not used to is that my muscles get very sore and achy and that's where the Fitness Mad Spikey Massage Ball come sin handy.
The ball itself measures approximately 7cm in diameter and it's small enough to just cart around with you and very easy to transport, as it's so small. It's purple, it's plastic and it's very very durable and tough. It looks like something you might see in someone's fancy aquarium, it's rather nice but queer looking.
Using the Fitness Mad Spikey Massage Ball couldn't be easier. Wherever your muscle is sore or aching you just press down a bit and simply roll the massage ball along the affected area.
You are best off pressing down a bit though, it is no good at all just giving it a light roll across your skin or this will do it no good at all. Better still, get someone else to do it for you. It's down to the individual user to determine what level to press down though, if your muscles are really very sore then you won't be able to stand much pressure but then you will get used to it quite quickly and the more you use it the more you will be able to tolerate the initial pain.
As far as I know this ball does not come in any other colour, though it may be that I have only seen the purple one. You may get the odd person asking you what on earth you are doing but I cannot recommend this highly enough if you are suffering the after effects of sore and aching muscles.
Great handy gadget and very much recommended.
If you've read some of my reviews you'll know that I work as an Orthopaedic Surgeon and have a big interest in health and fitness. Anyone who has worked out will know the dreaded feeling of muscle soreness the day following the gym, the struggle to climb stairs and to pull yourself out of chairs seems insurmountable! While this pain is due to a complex multi-factorial process with many factors which you can't control you can take charge of at least one aspect. Each of the muscles in your body is covered with a thin layer of fibrous tissue known as fascia, and through exercise you can damage this fascia. The layer heals very quickly and isn't usually a problem. The kicker here though is that when the tissue heals it can sometimes "stick" to the muscle underneath. This causes the familiar pain and stiffness the next day and is a royal pain in the backside, sometimes literally. Where this massage ball comes in handy is to break up these spots which have "stuck". It's not a miracle cure but it certainly helps make you feel more human the next day!
The ball itself is available on Amazon.co.uk for around £3 from a variety of sellers, and you'd be best to order a couple of them. Stick one in your gym bag and one in your desk at work and you'll never be too far from a quick massage if your muscle act up. Out of the box the ball is around 7cm across, though other diameters are available, and is made of a tough non-gloss purple plastic. It looks like a prop from Star Trek episode or something you'd see in the Barrier Reef, this may be a bonus to some people or a huge disadvantage if you don't like people looking at you funny!
Using the ball is very simple, you just need to roll it into the affected muscles along their length for a few minutes until they feel better. It does require a bit of weight behind it to get the desired affect so you're best off lying on the ball or having someone else do it. Usually I place it under my back and roll myself around on it. Stretching of the muscle fascia and other associated tissues causes a release of endorphins (those things in your brain that make you feel great) and nearly immediately reduces the pain associated with muscles. A caveat here is that while you may feel fantastic initially, it won't last forever and will require you to massage yourself again. It simply speeds up the process, not bypasses it completely.
I should mention that while the post-massage endorphins feel great, the massage itself can be excruciatingly painful, particularly if you're very sore to begin with. Go light and know your own boundaries, you'll soon build up a nice tolerance to the pain and you'll see some real benefits.
It's hard to fault this product really, it's only a few quid and provided you can put up with a bit of pain it works fantastically. It does look funny however and I've gotten some strange looks in my office while I was using it on my hamstrings before a long surgery. That being said it is a great focal point for conversation and I've happily recommended it to many friends and patients, if even just for the funny looks in the gym!
5 stars, hard to fault something that works great and is as cheap as a pint of bitter!
When my friend was pregnant, she had a set of these massage balls that she raved about. On giving them a try, I could see why she liked them. They were very stimulating and really got the blood flowing and released tension. She had the 9 cm balls and used them on her back; I decided to buy the 7 cm balls as the smaller ones are better for feet, which is where I wanted to use them on.
==Price and availability==
I looked on the internet and found the Fitness Mad Spiky massage balls for only £2.50 each from Amazon.co.uk. I bought two as they are supposed to be used in pairs.
The balls I bought are 7cm in diameter but you can get them smaller and bigger. They come boxed and are small plastic balls with soft plastic spikes on. They are a little harder than I thought they were going to be and expected them to be slightly softer, nevertheless they are made from a robust, durable plastic.
Massage balls like this have been used for years and are popular for the treatment of lower back pains. They are generally used now all over the body and come in varying sizes depending where you want to use them.
I use these balls mainly on my feet and I place them on the floor and then roll my feet over them. It is spine tingling relaxing and I love the feeling it gives me especially after a hard day at work. They really get my circulation going and sooth sore tired feet.
You can also use these balls on your back, using the balls here relaxing muscles and relieves tension. If you have a sore back or neck, these can really help you ease the pain. You can use them alone by laying on them, or my favourite way to use them is having my partner rub them down my back. It really releases tension and helps to remove tight spots in my back. When I use the balls alone on my back, I find them slightly too hard and would prefer it if they had a bit more give.
I think for the price, these balls are good value for money. They do look very similar to the drier balls I have; I wonder if these could have a multi-purpose! My favourite use for these balls is on my feet. After a day in heels the other day, I came home and used these balls to relax and sooth my tired legs and feet. They relaxed my muscles and took a load of the tension out of them.
I do not use these balls everyday but they are a nice treat every now and then. They will last me a while, so long as I keep them away from the cat!
The Fitness Mad spikey massage balls are a great tool for using to relieve stress and tight muscles after a long hard day. The massage balls are made from soft, flexible material which isn't uncomfortable on your skin, but which allows you to ease aches and pains with their use. If I have been out for a long walk or been on my feet all day I simply put a spikey massage ball under each foot and use the floor and my foot to roll the ball and massage the sole of my foot. The spikey finish to the balls really allow you to control the intensity of the massage, depending on the area of your body you are using them on. A similar example would be to hold the ball against a wall and by bending your knees you can massage the back of your neck and between your shoulderblades. The image of the product is very simple, and they are a really simple and effective tool from my experience. To some degree you have to have some imagination with regards to how you will use the massage balls effectively, but overall they are simple to get used to and you will feel the benefits immediately. Another favourite of mine is to hold the ball on my thigh and roll the ball between my hand/wrist/elbow. The packaging that the spikey massage ball comes in suggests that they can also improve circulation. I think the benefits of this product are clear to see - if you use it correctly.
The spikey massage ball comes in two sizes - 7cm and 9cm and I own the 9cm ones. I would say it depends on your size really, although I can't imagine why different sizes would have a different effect on you.
The Fitness Mad massage balls are available from their website (www.fitness-mad.com) and cost £3.50 each. It is recommended that you use them as a pair, so the total cost would be £7. Cheaper alternatives are available, and I would recommend these as you can buy pairs for around £5 - much better value. I am obviously unsure as to their quality, but I can't imagine the product itself differing greatly. The concept of this product appealed to me from the outset, I have not been left disappointed at all. I would recommend this product, especially to anyone who regularly goes on long walks at the weekend and gets that discomfort of aches and pains.
As you may have seen from previous reviews I enjoy going up the gym and do have a few items of exercise equipment at home as well, whilst I do enjoy exercising at the gym I have never really been into the whole yoga/ Pilates thing, however I was recently told about the Pilates Mad Spiky Massage Ball, although it is called Pilates Mad it is not only designed for people whole take part in this activity, anyone can benefit from the effects of the massage ball. I found the idea of the massage ball quite appealing and looked it up online, as it was so cheap to buy I decided to buy one and give it a go.
The Spiky Massage Ball came fully inflated in a blue and white box. There was a picture of the Spiky Massage Ball on the front of it along with the name of the product written in blue writing. There are a few benefits of using the ball also written on the bottom of the box, these are also repeated on the top of the box. The back of the box contains relevant information about the ball including benefits of using the product, how to use it and areas of use. The ball itself reminded me of one of the tumble dryer balls when I first saw it, it is basically a small rubber ball which is covered in small rubber spikes, the balls come in 2 sizes 7cm and 9cm, I purchased the 7cm one. The ball as I have said comes ready inflated, although you can top up the air using a pump, a pump does not come with the ball, personally I felt that the ball was inflated enough for me to use when it arrived. The ball is light to hold so does not take a lot of effort to use at all, it is an ideal size to fit in your hand and despite the spikes covering the ball it is easy to grip and hold.
How It Works
I'm not too sure of all the technical reasons as to why this product works in the way it does, but the Spiky Massage Ball is very easy to use, you simply roll it over the part of your body you wish to massage, it helps to relieve tight muscles and helps to release toxins and improve circulation. The ball can be used on your arms, legs, back, shoulders or neck, you really can use it anywhere. I often use mine on my back, I have had a problem with the muscle in the bottom of my back for a while now but made it worse by putting my back out sneezing over Christmas, my back only really causes me problems when I haven't exercised, however if the muscles are starting to feel a bit tight I use the Spiky Massage Ball on it. You could do this yourself the ball is small enough to hold with no problem but its much more relaxing to get someone else to do this for you.
Does it Work?
Basically yes it does, as I have said I have mainly used my Spiky Massage Ball on my back but have tried it on other areas such as my legs particularly when they are feeling a bit achy from the gym and it really does relax the muscles easing any pain or tightness. I do not have to use the ball for long at a time before I feel the benefits of it. Its not a product I use every day, just as and when I need to. I do find that if I use the ball too long in the same area it does make my skin a bit sore but generally the Pilates Mad spiky Massage Ball does work and help to relieve tight and painful muscles
The Spiky Massage Ball can be purchase online from sites such as Amazon, this is where I brought mine from and it cost me just £2.30, the ball can also be purchased from other websites, the price does vary a little depending on the site but is usually around the £3.00 mark.
Durability & Maintenance
The Massage Ball is extremely durable and hardwearing, it is made from a strong rubber which is flexible but does not tear at all. My ball is still in excellent condition and looks as good as new. There is no real maintenance with this product, other than you may have to put a little bit of air into it if you use it on a regular basis, and obviously wipe it down with a damp cloth should it start to get a bit dirty.
I would definitely recommend the Spiky massage Ball, it really does help to relieve tense and aching muscles relaxing them and relieving pain. The ball is hardwearing and cheap to buy, if the ball had been more expensive I'm not sure I would have brought it as I wouldn't get enough use out of it to warrant spending a lot of money on it. I tend to just use mine as and when I need it rather than on a daily basis. Despite this I would definitely recommend it especially if you do suffer with tight and tense muscles as it really will help
I had never heard of the spikey massage ball but a few of my friends had talked about them highly, curious i searched around online to find out more although the information was a little vague i bought one anyways because they are so cheap.
The spikey massage ball cost me £2.49 from amazon free postage. I have also seen the balls on many other websites chemistdirect and play.com to name a few they are still under the £3 mark.
The fitness mad spikey ball comes in a few different colours, hot pink, purple, black and navy blue, i choose the purple as the pink was out of stock at the time.
Mad spikey ball the one i have is 9cm and classed as the large sized ball. You can also buy the small one witch is 7cm.
The spikey ball comes boxed and inflated. I found the ball to be perfect as it was however you can pump the ball up to make it harder using a bike pump the ball does not come with the pump.
It is made from rubber and round with loads of spikes on it, looks like the tumble drier balls you get from jml. Although the ball is made from rubber it is fairly soft and can be squished by hand.
The main purpose of the ball is to roll it over body parts to help massage tense or painful muscles after exercise or anytime really. Mad spikey fitness ball also helps to stimulate the blood to help with circulation and release toxins.
The ball is easy to use on your own. I first used to ball on the front of my thighs by rolling the ball with the palm of my hand with a little pressure up , down and round about. I liked the feel of the ball on my hands and when on my thighs it did feel a tad painful as the spikes worked its way around my muscles. You can use the ball on the legs, back , shoulders and bum area.
Its always better having a partner helping out of coarse so after a run i had my partner rubbing the ball over my back , shoulders and neck area. After 20 minutes i felt so much better and could even feel a difference.
It really does work away at the knots and relives the tension and strains.
When i tried the ball out on my partner he loved the feel of the ball and because i was the one rolling the ball around i could tell when the ball was on the knot ,you actually feel the little bump under the skin though the ball.
I swear by this ball its like having a proper massage and afterwards you feel the uplifting sensation and left feeling totally relaxed.
I also recommend drinking water after using the ball because it softens the tissue releasing the toxins its always best to flush them out.
We currently use the mad spikey fitness ball once a week each wither we did exercise or not as its a good way to relax. Since buying the large spikey ball i have went on to buy the small one as its great on feet also fantastic.
This is probably one of the best purchases i have had in a long time and for the money you cant go wrong, could also make a good present. I bought one for my pregnant sister and she loves hers too.
I highly recommend the spikey massage ball.
Fitness Mad Spikey Massage Ball
I think I'm quite an active person also with working out and walking and even running a lot. All of this does has a negative side effect and that is muscle pain. Especially with my arms and legs I notice that they can certainly need a massage. But also my lower back feels a bit uncomfortable sometimes after sleeping. The main reason for buying this ball is that my muscles sometimes just leave like they have knots in them. It's just a very uncomfortable feeling. I heard about this Fitness Mad Spikey Massage Ball and after reading some positive reviews I thought I was time to purchase one myself.
You have two sizes of the ball. You have the 7 cm and the 9 cm. I bought the 9 cm one since it looked like the better option for my lower back. The 7 cm is perfect for areas like your hands but the 9cm can do that to. The 9 cm ball costs only 3 pounds so it was worth taking the risk. If he was more expensive I think it wouldn't have bought them that quick since I was a bit sceptical about them.
The ball comes in the colour blue and are designed to release tight and uncomfortable muscles. They can also help with releasing toxins and improve circulation. Like I said before I use the ball for my lower back but also for my hands and arms. The first time when I saw the ball it looked very weird since he is a bit spikey and looked like he was going to be painful. He is firm but not painful and the best way to use him is actually to use a bit pressure. It might be a little bit painful in the beginning but you will get used to it.
I do feel the ball works. Especially with the tight knots I can feel a difference that they get looser and also with the lower back pain I can feel a difference. It does feel like the ball improves the circulation and make the muscles feel more relaxed. The ball does give a nice good massage which is also good! Just be careful with over using them or by using them to hard because you can get bruised by them. I think for 3 pounds they are really worth it and I do notice a change so I would really recommend these.
When I first came across these special shaped massage balls I was rather sceptical about what they could actually do. A friend had a set of 2 of these odd looking spikey 9cm massage balls that she swore by, so when I was having problems with lower back pain I decided to get a set for myself to see if they could help. I must admit they still remind me of tumble dryer balls even now.
The idea of these little massage balls is that you use them to target areas on your body that need a boost. The massage balls can be used to boost circulation and encourage your muscles to relax and become less tense, hopefully soothing and smoothing along the way. I have to say that I had rather mixed results with these. Having tried them out in a number of stress areas, I can say that they do work better in some areas than others and I feel the 9cm massage balls are a better buy.
When I purchased my spikey massage balls I ordered the smaller 7cm sized products thinking they would be more versatile and could be used for a wider purpose. I have to say that I feel that the larger massage balls would probably have been far more suited to easing my back pain then the small ones were. I have still used the 7cm massage balls for other areas such as hands, feet and arms and for general massage and have found they work to some extent.
As I found my 7cm massage balls to be a little too small and compact to site them comfortably along both sides of my lower back, I borrowed my friends 9cm massage balls and found they worked much better there. They were much easier to use on larger areas of the body and because they were just that little bit bigger they were easier to target and move across the skin where they were needed. The smaller massage balls have still worked for me, but just not as planned. They also need a lighter pressure when you use them due to the smaller area they cover.
I have managed to make use of the 7cm massage balls that I purchased by using them to massage my feet when they are in need of a bit of tlc. I found that I can easily sit with the massage balls under my feet and role them gently back and forth for short periods. This gives a nice relaxing massage to my arches and across the balls of my feet, which is especially helpful if I have been wearing shoes that caused my feet to ache more than usual.
The bobbled and pointy texture of the massage balls is made like that to promote increased circulation to the areas that need it most. They are easy to use and can be simply washed in warm water and left to dry if they get a bit care worn. I have found that they can also make a very handy product to use in the shower to give a light body massage that can get your circulation going.
Its important if trying them that way to apply just a very light pressure and then gently role them across the skin with the warm water running. I found you can couple this with a mint/ tea tree shower product like Original Source for the ultimate fresh and tingly massage that works well.
Over all I feel that whilst I ought to have bought the larger 9cm version of the product, I have found ways to use the smaller massage balls with some success. I would recommend the larger ones for a more general massage effect having tried them, as I do feel they work just that bit better on larger areas of the body.
It does take a while to get used to using the massage balls, but as they are around £2.50 per ball in the 7cms size and just a little more for the larger sized product they are worth trying to see if they are of benefit. I feel the product is a simple one that can be of use in some situations, so the massage balls get a 3 star rating.
I was given the Spikey Massage Ball as a gift last year, and was a little bemused to begin with. The ball is advertised as a fitness item, even though to me it looked like a novelty device. I immediately doubted the effectiveness of the ball for its intention of alleviating discomfort and aching in muscles and joints, as first inspection revealed the ball to be just a knobbly sphere in a pretty colour. However, I run regularly and do occasionally experience some aches, particularly in my calf muscles, so I decided there was no harm in giving the gadget a go.
Since being given the ball I have discovered that they are available in various sizes, but the one I own is the 8cm ball. The ball came in a square cardboard box whose colour scheme was complimentary to that of the device itself - namely a rich shade of indigo. The tasteful nature of the design marks the packaging of the product out from other novelty massagers, although some may see this as a ploy to market it as a serious product and thus sell more of them. The ball itself has the appearance of some kind of medieval torture implement, and when I first took it in my hands it did feel worryingly firm, with the spikes not sharp exactly, but not soft either. The ball has a great number of the spikes scattered over its surface, so when you use it some of the spikes will always be in contact with your skin.
I first began using the massage ball on my legs, first on my thighs and then on my calves. Although the first time I used it I did not have the aching in my calf muscles, I wanted to test the product out prior to using it when I really required it to alleviate my symptoms. I took the ball in my hand and pressed it gently against my skin, rolling it down my legs with a small amount of pressure so that the spikes could press down on my muscles. I worked the ball down my leg, then upwards and repeated the process a number of times around my leg. The spikes did not cause me pain, but neither did they create a very pleasant sensation, and the feeling was certainly not on a par with a massage a pair of hands could administer. Having used the ball on my legs for several minutes I felt them warm up slightly as the blood rushed to the surface. This is just the result the ball is supposed to achieve, and it is the 'calling' of the blood to certain areas that is supposed to relieve aches and tension.
I have since used the ball when I have experienced aching in my calf muscles, but perhaps due to the difficulty in actually manoeuvring the ball at such a difficult angle I did not experience much success with the product. It was awkward to repeatedly roll the ball up and down the backs of my legs, and my frustration at this did not make for a very relaxing session. I did feel the blood drawn to my calf muscles very slightly, but I did not notice any significant assistance in relieving my discomfort. Since then I have rarely used the massage ball.
The Spikey balls are usually are available for between £2.50 - £5.00, and can be purchased online from the likes of Amazon. This is not a product I would have bought for myself, and while I realise that sometimes a simple design can be the best for the job, I do not believe this to be the case in this instance. Perhaps the ball would be more effective if used on a body part that was easier to reach, but even then the process does not rival a professional massage, and as a fitness aid I believe the Spikey ball is only of limited value.
Any of you dooyooers who have read some of my previous reviews will know I have some hypermobile joints, this of course leads to the muscles becoming overworked and overworked muscles always have knots in them. Because of this I am always on the lookout for products to use to get some relief from these tight knots, a daily massage with a therapist isn't financially viable!
I came across these spikey massage balls after a friend recommended them, she'd had an imbalance around her hips and after strengthening the weak area she was advised to use a spikey massage ball to complete the process. She did and found them great so she suggested I might like to try them.
The balls themselves come in various sizes, 6cm to really get into the hips, 7 cm for slightly larger muscles, 8 cm and 9 cm for the thighs, back etc. The balls are rubber and inflated with air, they can be inflated more to make them harder or less to make them softer. A bicycle pump attachment (the spike one) is all that is needed to inflate them.
The knobbles look like they are going to be painful but on the balls intended for the body they are firm but not solid. I have a small one for the feet and that does have solid knobbles on it so you wouldn't want it on your body, just your feet is enough with that one!
The price of these balls varies but the one in the picture is 7cm and available from Amazon for £2.49, the larger ones are ususally 50p to a £1 more so they are not expensive. I would recommend buying a pair though, it's much easier to roll them up your back, down your legs etc if you have one for either side of the body.
How do they feel? No matter how light you are your weight will squash the ball under you and the knobbles will press into the muscle. They are a bit painful at first if you have alot of knots so you have to go easy and roll for short periods until you have less pain. It's not horrific pain though, just a bit sore.
They do have the appearance of tools of torture but the reality is the pain is just the sore muscle itself and not the balls fault! If you press a tight knot with anything it feels sore so any pain experienced with these balls is no worse than how that feels. Otherwise the knobbly bits just feel like they are pressing into the tissue and giving it a bit of a pull which is the traction producing a slight stretch.
What's the claim? The spikes massage the muscles and help release tight areas and remove toxins by encouraging fresh blood into the area.
Do they work? They really do get into the muscles and can remove quite alot of the tight knots. They can be used to work across a tight muscle (crossfibre massage) or in a circular motion over knots or along the length of it to add a stretch to it too and your body weight keeps the ball in place between you and the floor or a wall. They don't get out the really deep trigger points though, those will need a smaller, more precise tool.
What's the difference between a smooth massage ball and these spikey ones? Obviously the knobbles! Seriously though the knobbly bits provide a kind of traction both in the muscles and on the floor so the ball doesn't slip out or move in the wrong direction and the knobbly bits grip into the soft tissue to really work it.
Problems? If you overdo it you can end up bruised, this is true of any type of massage though so little and often is best. Any bruised areas should not be massaged again until they are back to normal. They also have a habit of gripping your clothing too so keep an eye on this or you end up unable to roll anymore because a bundle of your clothes is wrapped around the ball! The only other potential problem is those with no upper body strength, if that's a problem for you it might be better to use a wall rather than the floor as the whole balancing on these, controlling the rolling action etc does require some strength.
A safety tip is to avoid rolling on the floating ribs, coccyx and sternum, even on inflated balls these areas are prone to damage so just avoid them!
Do I recommend them? Indeed I do! I have a variety of massage tools, balls, foam rollers, heat gadgets, cold gadgets and more besides and these balls are one of my favourites. I bought mine from Amazon as the price is excellent, but if you wanted to buy elsewhere just type "spikey massage balls" into google and a whole host of stores will come up in the results.
Thanks for reading.
These small spikey massage balls are used to release tight, uncomfortable muscles and can help to release toxins and improve circulation. Available in two sizes according to preference. Often used in pairs (but sold singly) with one in each hand, under each foot or to provide balance when placed either side of the spine, or under the buttocks.