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The new go-to physical therapy tool is a lacrosse ball. Michelle Olson, professor of exercise physiology at Auburn University, says lacrosse balls are the perfect size and shape for pressing into muscle knots, and reducing inflammation. Just place a lacrosse ball – or a tennis ball – against the wall, and roll your sore spots back and forth on top of it – and in circles. It may hurt a little at first, but then your muscles should release.