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?
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.