Do you have pain in the middle of your back?  Does it feel kind of like a wide band of pain below your shoulder blades?

Or do you have a wide band of pain across your lower back?

Wide Band Of Pain In Your Back

You know how I’m always telling you that muscles are the largest cause of pain?  Well, this may come as a surprise.  It’s still muscles but if your pain that looks like the red areas in this picture, the muscle to blame is in the front of your body!

The abdominal muscles right next to the midline of your body (rectus abdominis) can cause referred pain into your back.  This happens when the muscle develops trigger points.  Trigger points cause referred pain.

Sometimes only one side of the rectus abdominis has a trigger point but it still causes pain on both sides of the back.

How can you get rid of the trigger points that cause your back pain?

You could have someone rub on your back until the cows come home but it won’t help if your back pain is caused by muscles in front of your body.  You have to relax the trigger points in that abdominal muscle to relieve your pain.

See the X‘s on the abdominal muscle?  Those indicate the locations of trigger points.  Those are the areas to treat.

The easiest way to treat those trigger points is to pick up the muscle where the X is.  Pinch it.  Lift and pinch. And hold the pinch for up to 20 seconds. That helps the trigger point relax and stop referring pain into your back.  Search the whole muscle for tender areas to treat.

You don‘t want to just pick up skin; you want to actually lift muscle.  If you do this and it’s really tender, there’s a great chance that you are in the right place or very close to it!  Good job!

By treating the trigger points in these muscles you can get rid of the pain in your middle back and lower back.

But here’s something else that is very interesting about trigger points in the any of the abdominal muscles:

They can also cause pain in your groin, vomiting or bloating, diarrhea, pain that mimics organ disease or dysfunction, heartburn and other symptoms.  These symptoms are often confused with diseases such as appendicitis.

What causes these trigger points in the first place?

Well, this is interesting, too.

Just as trigger points in your abdominal muscles can cause pain or other symptoms on the inside of you, the reverse is true, also.

Disease or dysfunction in your organs or gut can cause trigger points in your muscles!  But so can sitting in positions that shorten your abdominal muscles.

Hopefully, treating your rectus abdominis muscle will get rid of your back pain naturally.


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4 Comments on What Causes A Wide Band of Pain In Your Back

  1. Scott Fisk says:

    The symptoms described here are exactly what I have. Besides lifting that trigger point, is there anything else I can do to fix this type of pain?
    Thank you for your help.

  2. Hi Scott, If the trigger point is causing your pain, then getting rid of the trigger point will get rid of the pain. Sometimes it will take more than one treatment or it might take a ‘search and destroy mission’ to find related trigger points.

    I hope this helps you get rid of the band of pain across your back.

    The Pain Relief Coach

  3. Teresa says:

    I am curious to how you pick a muscle up that is under the skin?? I could not help but to laugh when i read that. However, this is the same exact pain i have and i cannot get it to let up. Its fine when i first get out of bed, but as soon as i sit down it starts. Going on a month now. UGH so over it.

  4. Good question, Teresa! Imagine that you pinch your underarm or pinch your inner thigh. Those tend to be areas that aren’t too muscular. They are softer, just to practice.

    If you pinch the skin, you are only picking up or lifting or squeezing a thin batch of tissue. But if you grab more tissue, you are getting deeper than the skin. If you grab a thicker bunch of tissue by making a wider ‘pinch’ you are grabbing muscle.

    Muscle is deeper. Skin is surface. I’m glad I made you laugh. 🙂 From your description, I’m thinking that it’s the muscles on your abdomen. Try lifting areas of your abdomen when you are laying on your back with your knees up and soles of your feet flat on the floor or bed. Areas that are tender are areas of tight muscle and need more attention (pinch and lift.)

    I hope this helps. Take good care of you.

    The Pain Relief Coach