What symptoms and pain are associated with the iliocostalis thoracis?
- Pain in the upper back around the shoulder blade, concentrated toward the bottom of the shoulder blade
- Pain in the back running from the top of the shoulder blade down to the upper hip bone. Pain tends to be more concentrated toward the bottom of the ribs.
- Chest pain
- Pain in the abdomen area below the ribcage and toward the side
Where is the iliocostalis thoracis muscle?
The iliocostalis thoracis is a muscle found in the deep back. It attaches to the lower six ribs to the bottom vertebra in the neck.
What movements does the iliocostalis thoracis muscle control?
- Straightens the back
- Bends the back side to side
- Twists the back side to side
- Shifts the pelvis side to side
Activities that cause iliocostalis thoracis pain and symptoms:
- Bending and twisting when lifting
- Straining when trying to lift something too heavy
- Whiplash of the lower back
- Extended periods of sitting in a car or plane
Interesting facts about the iliocostalis thoracis:
The Iliocostalis muscles along with the longissimus muscles and the spinalis muscles are the mound of muscles that are felt running down beside the spine. They serve as a checkrein when you bend over and allow you to straighten back to a standing position.
Clinical diagnoses to which the iliocostalis thoracis muscle symptoms may contribute:
- Sprain/Strain Syndrome of the thoracic or lumbar spine
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- Prolapsed disc
- Lumbar spine hyperlordosis
- Thoracic spine hyperkyphosis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Rib subluxation (Slipping Rib Syndrome)
- Cauda equina syndrome
Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the Iliocostalis thoracis muscle:
- Serratus Posterior Superior
- Serratus Posterior Inferior
- Quadratus Lumborum
- Iliocostalis Lumborum
- Gluteus Maximus
- Gluteus Medius
- Gluteus Minimus
- Hamstring Muscles
Satellite Trigger Points: Latissimus Dorsi, Quadratus Lumborum, Serratus Posterior Inferior, Serratus Posterior Superior
For detailed anatomy information see: Iliocostalis Thoracis Anatomy
Help with Iliocostalis Thoracis Muscle Pain
Warm Therapy Gel To Relax Back Muscles and Ease Chronic Pain Due to Old Injury
Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel is a pain relieving gel that I use both personally and in my massage therapy practice. Unlike other over the counter heating creams, it provides warmth without burning heat. Applying Sombra to the muscles along the length of the spine, around the shoulder blade and across the lower back will help reduce tension and pain caused by the iliocostalis thoracis muscle.
Cold Therapy Gel To Ease The Pain of Recent Back Muscle, Tendon and Ligament Injury
Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is an excellent pain relieving gel and I recommend it for those who have sudden onset muscle pain or recent injuries. Biofreeze is better than warm therapy gels and creams for recent injury muscle pain as it cools the area much like ice and does not promote swelling. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer. Biofreeze is recommended for those who have had a recent neck, upper back injury or sudden onset pain. Highly recommended for early treatment of whiplash.
Hot Cold Packs For Back Pain and Injury
SofTouch Large Hot Cold Pack is a large pack that can be used for hot or cold treatment. The pack is large enough to cover the iliocostalis muscle and wrap down to cover the top of the hips. The inside of the pack contains a clay like substance that remains soft and pliable so you can mold the pack to your body. The outside of the pack is wrapped with soft suede like material that does not shock the skin when touched. My clients love this pack and it is now the only hot and cold pack that I use in my massage therapy practice.
Recommended Back Support Low Back Pain – Exceptional Relieve From Low Back Pain
I seldom rave about products, but this is one product it would be hard for me to do without! The name Professionals Choice name is well known in horse industry and is highly regarded for their top quality products that work.
The Pro Choice Low Back Support is my go to back brace. This brace has helped me more than any other with low back and low abdominal pain. The lumbar pad provides support without the uncomfortable restriction and poking of metal supports. The band is wide, covering the entire lower back. It has an adjustable Velcro front closure along with adjustable Velcro side panels which can be tightened or loosened to provide support and compression. The brace also reflects your body heat back into the muscles, providing warmth to tight sore muscles. For those with recent injuries or flare ups, it is comfortable enough wear all night and will not disrupt your sleep.
The brace is made of closed-cell, limestone-based Neoprene which is extremely durable and resilient. The brace retains it’s shape over years of use and does not absorb moisture. It can be machined washed on the gentle cycle.
I have recommended this brace to many clients and friends with chronic low back pain and every one has commented how much it helps relieve their pain and helps with mobility. As with other back braces, it may not help much with sciatica pain, but it can provide additional support and warmth to low back muscles which may bring some relief. But if you have muscle, tendon or ligament injuries, new or old, I highly recommend that you try this brace!
Sizing: Small and Medium fits waists 22″ – 38″. Large fits waists 24″ – 40″. X-large fits waists 41″ – 50. XX-large fits waists 51″ – 60″.
Iliocostalis Thoracis Muscle Lower Rib Cage Pain and Mid Back Pain
The iliocostalis thoracis muscles can sometimes cause pain around the lower rib cage and mid back. For this type of pain I recommend the ITA-MED Rib Support. The ITA_MED rib support is a simple band that can provide support and compression to help relieve pain. It is also great for support for bruised or cracked ribs. For fractured ribs, please consult with your doctor before using any type of brace or support! Belts are made for women and men.
Self Treatment For Iliocostalis Muscle Pain
Do you know that small “knots” and other dysfunction in the iliocostalis thoracis can cause pain in the chest, back, ribs and abdomen?
If you are interested in releasing these “knots” aka trigger points, I recommend Claire Davies The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief. Mr. Davies explains the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language. But what makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled. His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain, how to find the trigger point and treat it. He also provides stretching and strengthening exercises for each muscle. It takes time and practice to master finding trigger points, but once you learn you have a tool and method to help relieve muscle pain throughout the body. Relieving trigger points in iliocostalis muscle have helped many people resolve upper body pain issues. This book is a must have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.
Trigger Point Self Massage Tool
The Theracane Massager is a self treatment massage tool for use on those hard to reach areas on the neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs. If you are considering buying the book The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook to treat trigger points in the back, you will need to buy the Theracane to use for the treatment methods detailed in the book.