Pain in the back can come from many different muscles throughout the body. Pain can be caused by muscles in the hamstrings and the upper back. Pain patterns can also run in different directions including vertical and horizontal. Muscle knots contributing to back pain are typically located in the belly of the muscles. Back pain can stem from muscles in both the back and front of the body. Many people suffer from low back pain as a result of incorrect lifting, posture, and flexibility issues.
You may feel upper back pain, mid back pain, lower back pain. All of these can be caused by injury, prolonged sitting, bad posture, weak core and back muscles, worn out shoes, hyperpronotion or Morton’s Foot Syndrome.
The following are the most common referred pain in the back:
Pain in the glutes or buttock area can cause pain similar to sciatica or shooting leg. There are many muscles that contribute to glute pain. The smaller glute muscles are located on the side of the hip joint. Muscle knots in these muscles can mimic sciatica-like symptoms, which is often described as pain running down the back of the leg. Pain in the glutes or buttock area can also be related to the hamstrings.
You may feel sciatica pain and piriformis syndrome. All of these can be caused by sitting too long, worn out shoes, and tight muscles in the glute and hip area.
The following are the most common referred pain in the glutes:
The black dots in the illustration refer to muscle knots, which consist of tight and contracted muscle fibers. Rub the muscle knot to allow blood and oxygen to circulate freely to that muscle area. A muscle knot can be actively painful, or you might not even know it exists until you put pressure on it. But make no mistake, when you press on one with just the right amount of pressure, it can make you laugh and cry at the same time because it can “hurt so good”. Press too hard and it can make you cry for mercy.
The red area in the illustration refers to the “referred pain” – meaning, the pain you feel is often not in the location of your trigger point until you press on it. This means that you may feel pain on your calf, but the trigger point is in the hip. If you gently rub the muscle knot you may feel tenderness in both the muscle and the muscle knot. Sometimes, the referred pain symptoms are able to be reproduced when pressure is applied to the muscle knot.