Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Location and Trigger Points

Muscle Location and Trigger Points 

The Latissimus Dorsi is a large, broad muscle that brings the arm down and back.  For this reason it is often known as the “swimmer’s muscle.”

Trigger Points in the Latissimus Dorsi cause pain in the mid back, below the shoulder blade.  They also refer pain to the lower back and stomach.  Additionally, they cause pain along the inside of the arm, all the way to the fourth and fifth fingers of the hand.  Pain in the fingers, with no numbness, is usually due to the Latissimus Dorsi.  

Activities which involve repetitive motions of the entire arm, such as swimming, rowing, throwing, tennis, and golf, are common causes of Latissimus Dorsi overuse.  Addressing Trigger Points with the Pressure Pointer allows pain free participation in many of these activities.

 

Latissimus Dorsi Referred Pain Patterns

Referred Pain Patterns

Stretch Latissimus Dorsi Stretch

Raise right arm above and behind head as shown.
Hold elbow with left arm.
Pull arm gently as you bend your trunk to the left, until a stretch is felt.
Hold for 10-15 seconds.
Repeat for other side.
Repeat cycle three times, at least three times daily.

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