Thoracic Paraspinal Muscle Location and Trigger Points


Thoracic Paraspinal Referred Pain Patterns

The Thoracic Paraspinal muscles run lengthwise, parallel to the spine.  There are actually two layers of muscle that lie one on top of the other.  Because these muscles attach to the vertebrae, or bones of the spine, they can cause problems with spinal misalignment and damage to the intervertebral discs.

The pain of Trigger Points in the Thoracic Paraspinal muscles often feels like it originates in the spine itself.  The muscles feel hard and rigid, causing stiffness and decreased movement.  It often feels as though the entire back is in spasm, which should respond to treatment with heat and superficial massage.  When these treatments do not decrease the pain and spasm, Trigger Points are more likely the cause.  Extreme tension in these muscles can lead to scoliosis, or a curvature of the spine.

Due to the close proximity of these muscles with the spine and nerves, Trigger Points in these muscles can also refer pain that mimics problems with organs of the chest and abdomen, such as appendicitis, kidney stones, angina, and lung problems. 

Thoracic Paraspinal Stretch

Sit in a chair to stabilize hips.
Cross arms at mid forearm, and slowly roll forward, until a stretch is felt
Hold for 10-15 seconds.
Repeat three times, at least three times daily.

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