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Pain in the latissimus dorsi muscles are often caused by muscle knots or spams.
Back pain affects a large number of adults and can be caused by any number of factors. Lower-back pain, for example, can be caused by overexertion of the latissimus dorsi muscles, often referred to as the lats. These two broad, flat muscles are located on either side of the back and attach directly to the spinal column. They are responsible for helping to rotate the arm and shoulder, and providing strength from the back. Pain in the latissimus dorsi muscles can be triggered by anything from picking up children to working out with free weights, so taking preventative measures to avoid and relieve latissimus dorsi pain will keep you healthy and happy.1.
Practice good posture to help prevent latissimus dorsi pain. Hunching over a computer or slouching while standing, for example, can lead to your muscle spasms or painful knots. Focus on keeping your shoulders back and spinal column straight.2.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially before, during and after a workout. Water helps muscles rehydrate, including the latissimus dorsi, and can prevent knots and spasms.3.
Massage the latissimus dorsi muscles with a massage stick. If your latissimus dorsi muscles are tight a massage might be slightly painful, but it will help to loosen up your muscles and any knots. A professional masseuse, ideally one who specializes in sports medicine, can also help you loosen up your latissimus dorsi muscles.4.
Stretch your latissimus dorsi muscles regularly to keep them loose. Some latissimus dorsi stretches include the overhead lat stretch, a seated torso reach and various yoga poses and stretches. Stretches that focus on the lower back will also target the latissimus dorsi muscles.5.
Apply a warm heating pad to the latissimus dorsi muscles before exercising. The heat will help loosen the muscles and prevent strains, tears or knots during your workout. You can use the heating pad to help relieve latissimus dorsi pain at any time.
- Over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help prevent latissimus dorsi pain, but consult a physician before using them.
- Consult a physician before beginning any new medical treatment or exercise routine.