Obviously it is imperative that anyone suffering pain in the torso and upper extremities, first check with their doctor. However, if there are no signs of a cardiovascular event, then it may be referred pain as was the case with the gentleman below.
An elderly man presented with pain in the Thoracic area and radiating chest pain. In the 12 months prior to this appointment, the gentlemen had been seeking treatment from his GP, who had referred him on to a heart specialist to ascertain if the pain was a prelude to a major Cardiovascular event. He was subjected to a battery of tests that found nothing to suggest any heart or lung problems. Granted, it was reassuring to have those diseases eliminated from the list of possible causes of chest pain. Nonetheless he still had the pain, but no explanation as to the cause.
At this point the subject decided to see Maleny Remedial Therapy about a different pain, which travelled across his upper back, shoulders and neck – the type of pain associated with poor posture- or a heart attack. Since upper back and neck pain is one of the most common reasons that a patient seeks treatment, the treatment protocol was quite basic; involving a combination of techniques, such as effleurage, longitudinal stroking along the muscles, with some cross fibre friction and Trigger Point therapy....and chest stretches that are outlined by Clicking Here.
Interestingly, the very areas which was subject to the worst pain, also corresponded with Trigger Points that referred pain to the chest and arms. Indeed, one treatment was sufficient to lessen the frequency and severity of the chest pain. Although some follow-up treatments were required, the end result was no more chest pain.