Upper Back Pain

Pain Between Shoulder Blades: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

This is a collection of posts about trigger points that refer pain between the shoulder blades. This is a subset of some other regions but it is so common that we have created its own category. Remember that people usually feel only a portion of the pattern. Also, people usually feel the portion in darkest …

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Massage Notes – Sharp Pain Between the Shoulder Blades

The active trigger points in the small, deep interspinal muscles tend to produce sharp pain between the shoulder blades. This grabbing upper back pain is usually caused by binding in spinal joints. There are interspinous muscles, that connect a vertebra to other vertebrae. In this area, they are in several layers: Rotatores lie deepest in the …

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Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

With this trigger point, people complain about tension and a focus pain and tension at the base of their head. When I press for more detail, they may tell me about the tension in their neck and under the shoulder. It is easy to feel the tender knot on the backside about halfway down the neck. …

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Nagging Pain Inside The Bottom of the Shoulder Blade

People complain of nagging pain in the upper or mid-back, just inside the bottom of the shoulder blade. They have trouble determining what causes it or what to do for relief. They may also complain of sore ribs on that side, just under the armpit or fibrocystic breasts. They usually have a straighter upper back …

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Pain Between Shoulder Blades When Slouching

People complain of aching along the inside of the shoulder blade while slouching. Also, it is annoyingly tender along the edge of the shoulder blade when pressed. The hurt the upper back usually begins when they are slumped forward at a desk for a while. This position lets the shoulder blades spread and the chest …

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Burning and itching along the shoulder blade

People complain of burning along the inside of their shoulder blade. This burning and itching along the shoulder blade will make you want to rub up against a doorway or get one of those massage canes to get at it. It is my experience that people are quick to notify a body therapist (like me) …

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Pain along Shoulder Blade when Reaching Up or Back

People complain of pain along the inside of their shoulder-blade when reaching high above the head. They also get pain while reaching to the back seat of the car or adjusting clothing behind the back.  Often, they have usually adapted their movements to avoid taking that arm too far back. To avoid the pain, they …

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Sharp Pain Between the Shoulder Blades

People complain of pain along the spine between the shoulder blades. This can vary a great deal in intensity. It can be nagging and achy or sharp in a deep breath. There are a number of patterns between the shoulder blades but this one is right along the spine and described like a bone is out-of-place. People …

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Radiating Pain Under the Base of the Shoulder-Blade

Radiating pain under the bottom of the shoulder blade is either acute or chronic. Acute cases complain of sharp pain that jabs at them and radiates up and toward the spine. It makes them stiff and aggravated because the wrong move creates pain. Once its aggravated, it can radiate, even when they are still. Chronic …

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Irritating Tags, Burning Shoulders

People complain about the tension between the shoulder blades. There are a lot of things that create tension here, so I press on for more specific information. It is not likely that they came in for a massage because their tags are bothering them, So I ask about the tags when they complain of shoulder tension. They …

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