Many times people have come to the clinic after having tests for angina pain and discovered that it was nothing more than a very frightening muscle. Obviously the angina tests performed by their GP showed nothing or they would not have arrived at the clinic in the first place. This muscle plays a very important role in movement of the scapula but it can be the site of very painful and confusing pain referral for poorly trained therapists. Merely studying anatomy and physiology won’t provide the answers it requires study in bodywork mechanics for the musculo-skeletal for pain referral found in text books like Clinical Application Of Neuromuscular Techniques by Chaitow/DeLaney. Neuromuscular therapy has been popularised in many clinics world wide where practitioners such as Naturopaths who follow the best science have found it invaluable in solving muscle pain riddles https://nmtcenter.com/history/
Using ordinary remedial massage techniques this clinic was getting a 70% success rate but once neuromuscular therapy was commenced it immediately improved to 99%, that is a big improvement. One of the most difficult muscles for ordinary remedial massage techniques to work on is the iliocostalis Thoracis T6 you need specialised techniques to get the best result when these muscles are inflamed and it is difficult to do without reaching the patients pain tolerances. One of the scary aspects is the sudden onset of pain while breathing and this is what scares the patient most. With the iliocostalis thoracis T6 even though doctors have run tests for heart problems the patient still is unsure whether or not the doctor hasn’t missed something and disaster is just around the corner.
What causes this muscle to become inflamed?
One of the easiest ways I know of inflaming this muscle is massaging someone with an iliocostalis thoracis T6 problem. Playing tennis or working out in a gym with weights will often do it as well. Iliocostalis Thoracis muscle fibres run from the upper 6 ribs to the lower 6 ribs and the transverse process of C7.
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