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Clinically speaking, the pectoralis minor muscle is the little brother of the pectoralis major muscle. Like all little brothers, the pectoralis minor wants to do everything that big brother does, so it’s no surprise that trigger points in these two muscles have almost identical referred pain patterns.
These pain patterns start in the front of shoulder and can extend down the inside of the arm, elbow, forearm, palm of the hand, and into the pinky, ring, and middle fingers.
Not to be outdone by big brother, a tense pectoralis minor muscle can also entrap nerves in the armpit region that cause pain, numbness, and tingling to travel down the arm and into the hand.
The trigger points in the pectoralis major muscle (a.k.a the “pecs”) can produce symptoms that are nearly identical to the pain associated with having a heart attack or angina pectoris. Referred pain from these trigger points is experienced in the chest, front of the shoulder, down the inside of the arm, and along the inside of the elbow. They may also produce tenderness in the breast and nipple hypersensitivity.
I love working the gastrocnemius trigger points. No other muscle seems to have as much “bang-for the-buck” for both the therapist and the client (but the soleus muscle is a close second). Call me crazy, but sometimes I think every case of myofascial pain (from headaches to foot pain) has it’s origin in the calf muscles. Of course I have found no medical science to support that claim, but when it comes to the peculiarities of the nervous system, who really knows?
One of the unique features of our instructional video downloads is the ability to view these videos on a portable device such as an iPhone or iPad. This makes it super easy to learn the techniques and protocols taught in the videos because you can take the videos anywhere and view them as you practice the techniques. It also allows you to quickly review the material before seeing a client.
The following tutorial will show you how to get these videos on your iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, or iPod Touch. To do this, you will need a computer and the free iTunes software.