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OC Back Pain Relief: Meet the 21 Muscles Causing Your Back Pain

Updated: May 20

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Liberating Your Back: A Holistic Approach to Back Pain Relief at OC Elite Recovery .Meet the 21 Muscles Causing Your Back Pain & Stiffness

Are you part of the 80% of adults who have experienced back pain? If so, you're not alone. Back pain is not just a discomfort—it's the most common job-related injury and a leading cause of missed workdays. Book an appointment with OC Elite Recovery in San Clemente, CA, .unlock the Mystery of Back Pain and Mobility Restriction: Book a Session at OC Elite Recovery and Liberate Yourself from Back Pain Today!

1. Unveiling Trigger Points and Referral Patterns: OC Back Pain Relief

Explore the critical trigger points causing back pain and their referral patterns:

  1. Rectus Abdominis Triggers pain in the front of the abdomen.

  2. Scalene Can refer pain to the neck and upper back.

  3. Latissimus Dorsi Causes discomfort in the mid to lower back.

  4. Iliocostalis Thoracis Triggers pain in the mid to lower back.

  5. Multifidi Causes discomfort along the spine.

  6. Rhomboid Triggers pain between the shoulder blades.

  7. Serratus Posterior Superior Causes discomfort in the upper back.

  8. Serratus Posterior Inferior Can lead to pain in the mid to lower back.

  9. Infraspinatus Triggers discomfort in the shoulder blade area.

  10. Trapezius Causes pain and tension in the upper back and neck.

  11. Serratus Anterior Can refer pain to the ribs and upper back.

  12. Levator Scapulae  Triggers pain in the neck and shoulder blades.

  13. Supraspinatus Causes discomfort in the upper shoulder.

  14. Splenius Cervicis Triggers pain in the upper neck.

  15. Triceps Brachii Can refer pain to the back of the arm.

  16. Biceps Brachii Causes discomfort in the front of the arm.

  17. Intercostals  Triggers pain between the ribs

  18. Iliopsoas Causes discomfort in the lower back and hips.

  19. Longissimus Thoracis Triggers pain along the spine.

  20. Iliocostalis Lumborum  Can lead to pain in the lower back.

  21. Gluteus Medius Causes discomfort in the hips.

2. Addressing Back Pain Causes and Habits:

Examine common causes of back pain and daily habits affecting spinal health:

  • Ignoring Your Core: Strengthen your core with exercises like planks, squats, or lunges.

  • Smoking Affects Your Back: Quit smoking to improve blood flow to your spine.

  • Footwear Matters: Choose shoes with proper arch support to avoid foot, knee, and back problems.

  • Prolonged Sitting & Social Media Use: Counteract the effects of extended screen time with breaks and proper posture.

  • Sleeping Habits: Adjust sleeping positions and mattress firmness for better back health.

  • Stress and Back Pain: Manage stress to prevent the release of cortisol, which can lead to tense muscles and chronic pain.

3. Benefits of Trigger Point Massage and Fascial Stretching:

  • Decreased muscle tension and knots.

  • Improved flexibility and ease of movement.

  • Enhanced blood circulation for hea

Explore the Referral Pain Chart:

By applying pressure on the X marks for 10 to 20 seconds, you may feel referral pain in the blue areas, providing insights into the interconnected nature of pain in the body.

Understanding these trigger points and their referred pain patterns is essential for targeted treatment and effective relief. Book a session at OC Elite Recovery to address the root cause and experience lasting relief.


Understanding these trigger points and their referred pain patterns is crucial. A skilled massage therapist knowledgeable in referral pain is essential to identify and address the source of your discomfort, even if the pain seems unrelated to the Back

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Tiffany Sandoval

Hi I'm Tiffany Sandoval, OC's trusted Elite Pain Relief & Mobility Expert with over 13 years. My expertise is backed by certifications in Neuromuscular Therapy, FST-Neuromyofascial Tissue Practice, and Vodder Certified Manual Lymph Drainage, allowing me to offer specialized care tailored to your needs. Let's work together to unlock your body's potential, regain mobility, and pave the way for a pain-free, active lifestyle. Connect with her here or on LinkedIn.

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