Treating Common Back Pain
Trigger Point Treatment - Erector Spinae
The erector spinae muscles are constantly working - most people will develop trigger points here - a common and easily treated cause of back pain
The Iliocostalis and Longissimus are both very long back muscles that run parallel with the spine.
Pain from active trigger points is typically referred downwards into the lower, mid and upper the back.
These muscles are used almost all the time when you are awake, as they are important "posture" muscles.
It is this constant activity that makes them so vulnerable to developing active trigger points.
Regular massage, trigger point therapy treatment (where required), and stretching, may help to avoid the onset of active trigger points.
Trigger Point Teatment
When trigger points become active in these muscles they are relatively simple to locate and treat.
Common trigger point treatment techniques include deep tissue massage, ischemic compression, dry needling (medical acupuncture) heat and ice, stretching, static and vacuum cupping, and kinesio taping.
Longissimus pain pattern 1 - refers down into the lower back
Longissimus pain pattern 2 - pain referred down into buttock
Iliocostalis pain pattern 1 - refers down into the mid back
Iliocostalis pain pattern 2 - refers into the upper back
Iliocostalis pain pattern 3 - refers down into the buttock
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