What pain and symptoms are associated with the diaphragm?
- Chest pain
- Pain around the bottom ribs
- Can cause a ‘stitch’ or sharp pain in the side
- A band of pain across the middle back
Where is the diaphragm muscle?
The diaphragm is a mushroom shaped muscle that lies under the middle to lower ribcage.
What movements does the diaphragm muscle control?
- Elevates and expands the ribcage during breathing
Activities that cause diaphragm pain and symptoms:
- Labored breathing (asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia)
- Gasping for air during sports activities
Interesting facts about the diaphragm:
Pain around the bottom of the ribs is often diagnosed as inflammation of the ribs, separated ribs, ulcers or gallbladder trouble. These symptoms can be trigger points in the diaphragm.
Clinical diagnoses to which this muscle symptoms may contribute:
Rib fracture of lower ribs, Costochondritis, Shortness of breath, Pleurisy, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD, Emphysema), Pneumonia or Bronchitis, Asthma, Sprain/Strain or Tear of the Rectus abdominis, Internal or External Obliques, or Intercostals
Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the diaphragm:
Help With Pain and Breathing Symptoms Caused By The Diaphram
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Trigger Point Self Treatment For The Diaphram
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Anatomy Study: Origin, Insertion, Action and Innervation of the Diaphragm Muscle
Origin: Attaches to the xiphoid process, the inner surface of the lower six costal cartilages and to the L1 through the L# lumbar vertebrae.
Insertion: Attaches to the central tendon
Action: Respiration increasing and decreasing the volume in the thoracic and abdominal cavities.
Innervation: Phrenic nerve (C3, 4, 5)
Satellite Trigger Points: Upper Rectus abdominis