Case Study: Lateral Rib Pain

A 40 year old client with twin gestation at 23 weeks complained of left side rib pain that made it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position at night, even sitting was uncomfortable. No prior surgeries or injuries to the body reported. Massage therapy focused releasing the trapezius, latissimus dorsi, serratus anterior and subscapularis muscles and decreasing left intercostal adhesions around the pain area.

The client felt better immediately after the massage, and reported a 50% reduction in pain one week later with improved sleep.

The second massage therapy session focused on releasing adhesions in left intercostal areas while decreasing overall body tension.


Client felt no pain in left ribcage area after treatment. She was advised to continue with prenatal massage as needed.