WHEN CHEST PAIN IS NOT DUE TO HEART PROBLEMS

PUBLISHED IN MASSAGE WORLD ISSUE 112 2021


“As I clutched my chest, as the pain shot around my ribs and into my shoulder, I thought oh god! I took myself to the emergency clinic, as every sensible person would. The Accident and Emergency department did a full heart screen on me and said that my heart looked fine, which was a great relief. So, I asked why am I getting this pain and they said it might be muscular and stress related. I had been gardening when it started, so they asked if I had moved awkwardly? I thought about it and it was possible. I left with painkillers, but I was still in pain!

Luckily, I had learnt a back technique called SKART. I got my husband to help me test my back and discovered that my thoracic area was showing that the vertebra was out of place in a couple of areas. So, we treated this area putting the vertebra back into place, then we checked it again and it showed the correction had held. We also used some magnet plasters either side of the spine to ease the spasm.

I instantly started getting some relief as the pain spasming round my ribs went down to a dull ache and then by the late evening had gone completely, what a relief this was.”

Muscular chest pain or chest-wall pain is quite a common issue in the thoracic area of the back, which can cause referred pain to chest area. Chest muscles can get strained or sprained. It can be made worse by coughing, sneezing, and moving. The spinal cord supplies nerves to and from the body where signals meet.


Does having chest pain mean I am having a Heart attack?

Thousands of people have received relief and alleviation of symptoms of chest pain by a correction of neck and back adjustments. Yes, always get checked out by your GP or A&E but if your heart is fine consider it coming from your spine and radiating round.


Can Indigestion be mistaken for a heart attack?

Yes, but a heart attack can also be mistaken for indigestion so always get checked out!

Seek medical help if you experience severe chest pain or you vomited with specks of blood or blood that that has the appearance of coffee grains.


What is Indigestion?

Indigestion is the term used to describe pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest area, most common after a meal but can occur any time during the day.

Heartburn is a burning sensation that can be felt in the ribs and chest area behind the breastbone and is due to the stomach contents coming back up the gullet.

With indigestion you can also have wind, bloating, belching, burping, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.


What are the causes of Indigestion?

• Stomach ulcers

• Structural problems of the neck and Diaphragm

• Dietary factors

• Stress and anxiety

• Some drugs

• Rib fracture

• Chest pain can also come from the liver, the gallbladder, your breasts or even bowels

• Chest infection such as pneumonia or flu can give you pleuritic chest pain

Pleuritic chest pain is localised to one side and feels sharp. It is made worse by taking a deep breath. It also occurs when you get a clot on the lung known as a pulmonary embolus, which would be accompanied by breathlessness.

The vertebra that connects to the phrenic nerve is in the neck area between the shoulders.

This nerve connects to and controls the diaphragm. If the neck is out of balance it can trap the nerve. The weakening of the nerve can lead to a weakening of the diaphragm. If this is weak it allows the stomach to push up into it. If nothing is holding the stomach down, it allows food back up causing symptoms of indigestion and in extreme cases nausea.


What can I do to avoid getting indigestion?

It is important to have your back and neck checked regularly.

It also helps to eat regular meals and slowly chew your food. If indigestion occurs at night, sleep in a more upright position.

Get checked out for food allergies and cut down on spicy, fatty food, alcohol, and stimulants.


Is my chest pain coming from my heart?

Always get checked out by a Dr or A&E - once given the clear then check other causes.

Heart pain, known as angina, occurs in the middle of the chest, where the breastbone is and then spreads out. It can feel like a heaviness or a tight band around your chest. It can radiate to your neck, jaw, and arms. Angina is typically worse with exercise and improves with rest. In 1st aid they recommend you chew an aspirin. This can make the blood less sticky as long as you are not allergic to it and does not counteract with any medication you are on.


What is the difference between Angina and a heart attack?

A Heart attack is not relieved by rest or aspirin. The symptoms are similar, but you feel worse and may also feel sick, cold, and sweaty. If you experience these symptoms you must call 999.

“I experienced chest pain for many years. I did the normal thing and went to my Doctor who performed all the test on my heart, and they came back clear.

It used to come and go but it was worse when I wore a bra and I found deep breathing uncomfortable. I tried treating myself for indigestion with tablets that my pharmacist recommended but I had no improvement. So, what was causing my chest pain?

I chose to visit a SKART Therapist who suggested my chest pain could actually be referred pain from my spine. I was sceptical but accepted treatment. She said the referred pain was where the pain is felt in an area that is distant from the underlying cause, such as the spine.

I was amazed how quickly I recovered after having the pain for so long. After 3 treatments I was completely pain free however, I noticed a difference after the 1st treatment.”


Structural Kinesiology Acupressure Release Technique (SKART) is a cutting-edge new diagnostic and therapeutic technique that is designed, trailed, and used for the efficient management of back, neck, hip, and leg pain. It is a gentle, non-invasive, safe, and effective approach.

Through this course you will learn to solve muscular and nerve related chest pain issues using effective, practical, safe, non-forceful, and gentle correction techniques. SKART enlightens you in using the muscles as diagnostic tools to access the most appropriate treatment for the body. This is accomplished through finding the exact pain site and then being able to treat it effectively so that the pain is cleared. Using SKART to find imbalances and issues through muscle testing helps to remove any doubt, guesswork, and the hard work of subjective diagnostics.

SKART is a bespoke online course that has been designed for those of you who are looking for an exciting and rewarding new career in healthcare. As well as those who are already treating patients and wish to add a new therapeutic and diagnostic tool to their skill set.

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