Trigger points are among the many things that cause both heart arrhythmia and chest pain.
I occasionally have a frightening little skipping in my heartbeat. A few massage strokes to the arrhythmia trigger point stops it immediately. The trigger points that cause chest pain are usually in the pectoral muscles or in the scalenes muscles of the front and sides of the neck.
To find the arrhythmia trigger point, first find the bottom end of your sternum. Then move your fingers two inches to the right (yes, the RIGHT, not the left) and up an inch or so. This will be a spot on the next to last rib. Press here (search a one-inch circle). If it hurts, itís a trigger point. We call it ďexquisite tenderness.Ē Massage the spot for half a minute. If the heartbeat straightens out, youíve just found the cause. This comes right out of a medical textbook, but your doctor probably didnít read that far.
By the way, if you think trigger points might be responsible for your chest pains, by all means check for them. But do it on the way to the emergency room!