Torso Pain

Stiff, Fragile, Aching Low Back: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

Stiffness in the low back can come from a number of larger muscles like spinal erectors, latissimus dorsi, and psoas. Fragility in the low back usually comes from a joint problem in the vertebrae. The two patterns play in concert to create a pain pattern that is a combination of the two. This post is …

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Pain Along One Side of the Low Back

People with this pain run their hand up and down along one side of their low back and say that it hurts there. They often say that they have pain along one side of the low back when they get up from sleep, after a drive or some other activity where the hip flexes for extended …

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Self Care – Back is out but it hurts in the front

Groin and abdominal pain can be an indicator of serious internal organ problems. See your doctor and be gentle with anything you do for self-care. Warm up and limit your range of motion in kicking. The back-end of the swing over-stretches this muscle and the forward reach tend to drive this into spasm. Avoid rhythmic …

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Self Care – Pain Along One Side of the Sacrum

Avoid the teetering exercises listed in the post on this trigger point. This includes things like vacuuming, sweeping, raking, working on a low counter, or doing dishes. Also, avoid exercises where you bend forward like moving boxes or picking up grandkids. By the way, even if you don’t bend way over like this guy, the …

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Pain Between Shoulder Blades: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

This is a collection of posts about trigger points that refer pain between the shoulder blades. This is a subset of some other regions but it is so common that we have created its own category. Remember that people usually feel only a portion of the pattern. Also, people usually feel the portion in darkest …

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Massage Notes – Sharp Pain Between the Shoulder Blades

The active trigger points in the small, deep interspinal muscles tend to produce sharp pain between the shoulder blades. This grabbing upper back pain is usually caused by binding in spinal joints. There are interspinous muscles, that connect a vertebra to other vertebrae. In this area, they are in several layers: Rotatores lie deepest in the …

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Pain in the Torso and Arm: Signs, Self-care, Therapy Notes…

This is a collection of posts about trigger points that refer into the torso and arm. Remember that people often feel a portion of the trigger point referral patter, not all of it. Sometimes, it is not just the dark red areas. You can read more about that in this post. Also, some people don’t …

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Pain in Calf or Groin with Stiff Hip

People have pain in their calf or groin with a stiff hip. People usually complain of a specific spot on the upper, outside of their calf. It has some intensity and may even burn. Less often, they have pain in their groin that may extend into their genitalia or down the thigh. They are less …

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Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

With this trigger point, people complain about tension and a focus pain and tension at the base of their head. When I press for more detail, they may tell me about the tension in their neck and under the shoulder. It is easy to feel the tender knot on the backside about halfway down the neck. …

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Therapy Notes – Serratus Anterior

The serratus anterior can be tricky to assess and treat through neuromuscular massage and bodywork. The muscle has a number of synergists that are easier to access. As well, it is a common problem in the prevalence of a sedentary lifestyle and the usage of laptops. Serratus anterior can be hard to resolve when the …

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