What are Trigger Points
Heather Karr wants to share with you a number of VERY important triggerpoints (indicated by a golf ball, of course!) When these trigger points show direct and constant pressure, you can bring relief to the pain areas in question. This also shows WHY they love golf balls in massage therapy!
At these points the muscle tension is higher and the muscle fibers stay even contracted at rest. This creates a local thickening whereby waste accumulates. A trigger point can be seen as a muscle node. A bundle of muscle fibers that does not relax, but will always remain tense.
The middle back trigger points can be applied by laying on the floor on top of a golf ball. You can also put a golf ball in a sock and leaning against the wall. Better yet, put the golf ball in a KaddyBACK so you can put pressure in these areas hands-free. It stays on your shoulder while sitting in a car, plane, etc. I seriously use this on myself everyday in my car because of all the physical work I personally do as a massage therapist.
To reach the triggerpoints in the neck use the SPAball Massager with the golf ball. This can be done standing or sitting, although I like to lay on my back holding the ball in place on my upper neck (and under my scull) while relaxing.
I will rub and roll the ball on my sore muscles and, at times, just hold it on the trouble spots. If you would like to see more techniques as well as the massage you can purchase the Golf Ball Massage training DVD online.