• The Backnobber—an “S” shaped tool for applying compression to hard-to-reach areas in the neck, shoulders and back.
• Compression Therapy Balls— 5-inch to 7-inch balls, which can be made softer or harder by deflating or inflating. They are used to apply compression against a wall or floor.
• Stretching Straps—for applying controlled stretching for leg and arm muscles
• Small hand tools—for example, Jacknobbers, Index Knobbers, Orbit Massagers or Knobbles, that are used to compress muscles in the torso, abdomen and upper and lower extremities.
• Foam rollers—used for compressing larger areas, such as the back or hamstring muscles.
• Body Therapy Balls—larger balls used for conditioning after active trigger points have been treated and released.
Sharon Sauer is a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist and licensed massage therapist, practicing in Chicago, Illinois, since 1986. From 1988 through 1994, she assisted Dr. Janet Travell, who was President Kennedy’s personal physician. Dr. Travell and Dr. David Simons co-authored Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual (Volumes 1 and 2). Dr. Simons calls Sauer “a fellow pioneer in the field.” She is now writing a book on low-back and buttocks pain. Since 1994, Sauer has offered weekend seminars in Chicago, covering soft-tissue pain throughout the body over 12 months. For more information, call (773) 583-4145 or visit www.myopain.com.