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Muscle Pain and Symptom Resource

resourceAre you experiencing muscle or joint pain?

Is your lower back making everyday tasks difficult? Are headaches making it hard to think and function? Do you have other areas of unrelenting aches and pain?  Do your attempts to treat the pain often fall short?

Have you considered that even though you are treating the painful area, you are not treating the primary source of your pain? That pain in your lower back could be related to muscle dysfunction in the abdomen, hips or legs. Those headaches could be a result of problems in the neck or shoulder, and in rare cases, a muscle in the calf.  By treating the painful area you may get temporary relief, but the pain will return. When you find the muscle(s) that are the primary source of the pain, then you can find treatments that will greatly reduce or eliminate the pain.

The Wellness Digest Is Here To Help You Find The Source Of Your Muscle Pain

With diagrams of each muscles’ pain pattern and language that is not “medical speak” you can begin to explore the muscles that could be contributing to your pain. Do not be disheartened if you find more than one diagram that matches or resembles your pain pattern, painful areas are often caused by several muscles. Reading the pain and symptom section as well as the activities that contribute to a muscle’s pain pattern on each muscle page can help you decide if it fits your symptoms. By identifying the all the possible contributors to your pain, you will be on your way to finding treatments that can help you.

I Think I Found The Source Of My Pain, Now What?

I highly recommend finding someone in your area who is trained in trigger point therapy. This could be a massage therapist, chiropractor, or osteopath. Some athletic and personal trainers are also trained in trigger point therapy. This person can help you trace all pain sources as well as showing you techniques for self treatment and recommend stretches and strengthening exercises for the affected muscles.

If this is not an option for whatever reason, you can buy the book The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Claire Davies. This book has helped millions self treat their pain. Reading the first few chapters of the book is important, the information will help you as you begin self treatment. Resist the temptation to skip this step and jump into treatment as you will likely not be able to find the problem.

Although I think everyone should have a copy of this book for reference, I must stress self treatment without professional help is difficult, but the techniques can be self taught and can work. It takes time and patience to learn the techniques, but once learned you will use these techniques often throughout your life.

What Is Your Information Based On?

The pain pattern diagrams and the information are based on research Janet Travell, M.D. and David G. Simmons M.D. which is chronicled in their co-authored book ‘Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual’.  The groundbreaking work of these two physicians opened up research and new treatments for muscle pain and chronic pain management which continues today.

The Parts Equal A Whole

As you begin learning about muscle pain, it is important to remember that what affects one muscle can affect the whole body. An injury or pain in the leg or foot will affect other areas of the body such as the leg, hip, back and even neck. Once you fully grasp this concept discovering the source of pain becomes much easier!


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