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.
The trigger points in the abdominal oblique muscles are unique in that they primarily produce symptoms associated with abdominal organ dysfunction or disease. Many times, these abdominal trigger points are created by referred pain originated from the abdominal viscera, and will persist long after the visceral dysfunction has resolved itself.
Additionally, these trigger points often refer pain to the testicles and genitalia.
The sternocleidomastoid (SCM) is one of my favorite muscle groups to work with, mainly because the results can be simply extraordinary. Trigger point activity in this muscle can cause a bewilderingly set of symptoms, with many being confusingly similar to the symptoms associated with the common (no aura) migraine headache.