Monday, May 3, 2010

Serratus Anterior Trigger Point May Be the Reason My Back Hurts

After researching and digging to try to find a reason for my stabbing, mid-back pain on my left side for the past month, I think I may finally have an explanation that makes some sense.  In addition to Fibromyalgia, I also have Chronic Myofascial Pain, which is associated with those trigger points.  Trigger points are muscles that, when knotted up, tend to refer pain to other areas in the body.  Sometimes referral pains are not very logical, so it's easy to forget that trigger points might be the culprit of some problems.

The muscle that I suspect is causing pain for me the past month or so is called the Serratus Anterior, which is located under the arms.  

When I learned of this muscle, I tried massaging the faulty muscle on my left side.  I was surprised to find that breathing and movements hurt less while I was applying gentle pressure on the spot.  However, it's a difficult position to massage oneself, as the other arm gets fatigued quickly.  I told my husband about it and he rubbed it for me a bit, which felt good.  I'm now focusing my heat wrap and intermittent rubbing (as I can) on that spot, to help the pain under my left shoulder blade fade away.  

I hope to do more focused stretching on the spot as well, to help prevent this problem from occurring again.

I think I may want to get The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook as a future reference, since it came in so handy for me on this issue.  (The drawing above is from the book's website.)  I'll keep you all posted on my progress with this pain.

Do any of you have this book?  Has it helped you?  How do you handle trigger point pain referral problems?