What pain and symptoms are associated with the serratus posterior inferior?
- Aching in the low back often mistaken for kidney pain
- Pain in the low back when stretching to reach overhead
- Pain in the low back when twisting at the waist
- Pain in the low back when bending over
Where is the serratus posterior inferior muscle?
The serratus posterior inferior muscle connects the lower ribs to four vertebrae in the low back.
What movements does the serratus posterior inferior muscle control?
- Forced expiration (breathing out when sighing or breathing hard)
- Assists with twisting at the waist
- Assists with straightening the trunk (standing up straight)
Activities that cause serratus posterior inferior pain and symptoms:
- Twisting the body when lifting
- Overreaching overhead or to the side of the body
- Lifting something heavy using the back muscles instead of leg muscles
- Sleeping on a sagging or too soft mattress
Interesting facts about the serratus posterior inferior:
- The serratus posterior inferior is one of the muscles that is achy and stiff when you have slept on a mattress that is too soft.
- It is the muscle that cramps when you stretch too far when trying to reach something overhead
- If the serratus muscles are tight, they can contribute to breathing difficulty
Clinical diagnoses to which the serratus posterior inferior muscle symptoms may contribute:
- Rib Subluxation/Dislocation
- Slipping rib syndrome
- Sprain/Strain syndrome of the mid-back
- Thoracic Spine Hyperkyphosis
- Kidney Stones
- Kidney Infection
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the serratus posterior inferior:
Satellite Trigger Points: Iliocostalis, Longissimus Thoracis, Trapezius, Serratus posterior superior, Latissimus dorsi, Scalenes
For detailed anatomy information see: Serratus Posterior Inferior Anatomy
Help with Serratus Posterior Inferior Muscle Pain
Warm Therapy Gel For Low Back Pain
Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel relieves muscle and joint pain better than most over the counter creams and gels that you find in stores. Unlike some other creams, Sombra warmth does not feel as if it is on fire. Within minutes you will notice that your pain has decreased significantly. I highly recommend this for sore achy muscles, and sore stiff joints. The gel has all natural ingredients and is not chemically based as many other warm therapy products.
Cold Therapy For Low Back Injury and Pain
Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is an excellent pain relieving gel that I use for those who have sudden onset muscle pain or recent injuries. It is better to use than warm therapy gels and creams for muscle pain caused by inflammation as it cools the area much like ice. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer. If you suspect that your mattress maybe contributing to your back pain I would recommend Biofreeze.
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 entire back to promote relaxation and treat pain. To treat the serratus posterior inferior muscle, lay the pack on the painful side, just under the shoulder blade. Allow the pack to drape off to the side, coming down over the rib cage.
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.
Low Back Brace for Low Back Pain Caused by the Serratus Posterior Inferior Muscle
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.
Professionals Choice Comfort Fit 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″.
Trigger Point Self Treatment For Middle and Low Back Pain
Do you know that sleeping on a soft mattress can cause small ‘knots’ in the serratus posterior inferior muscle that make the low back ache? These small knots are called trigger points. If you are interest in treating back pain caused by trigger points I recommend you purchase 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. If you suffer with unresolved low back pain that is intense in the morning or have a stabbing pain in the back when reaching for something overhead, I highly recommend this book. 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 have helped many people resolve their pain issues. This book is a must have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.
Self Massage Tool To Treat Serratus Posterior Inferior Muscle Pain
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, you will need to buy the Theracane to use the treatment methods detailed in the book.