Thanks Brian for posting this and welcome! Doctors are starting to give up the tender point test because of inaccuracies. Some doctors press harder than others.
We get knots in our muscles and the fascia can overlap and cause more pain. Those knots are called Trigger points and you can massage them out. My massage therapist taught me about this.
The Trigger points for our pain can be in a different area. For example, I awoke with such bad side pain that I could barely breathe. I got out my Trigger Point Therapy Workbook that I bought on Amazon and it showed me where to look for the Trigger points causing my side pain. They were actually along my spine. I used a tennis ball against the wall, pressed against the Trigger Point, "massaged" the area and I did this several times and the pain lessened to the point of being able to fall back to sleep. The next morning my side didn't hurt at all!
I used this same technique to fix my frozen shoulder. I couldn't put my arm higher than my shoulder, couldn't put it behind my back, and if I reached for something I would get intense shooting pain down my arm. The Trigger points were found along my chest wall, the top of my shoulder, the back of my shoulder, and along my neck on the same side as my arm. I did the therapy several times a day for several weeks and now I have full use of my arm and no pain.
It's good to know these things so we can help ourselves feel better. I don't take a lot of medication now...mainly over the counter pain killers and several supplements that help with deficiencies that can cause pain and one prescription medication which is a muscle relaxer.
Again, thank you for your input. I'm glad you found the help you needed.
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