shoulder blade

Self Care – Aching mid-back with tired triceps

Avoid things that yank your elbow from front to back like cranking the lawnmower, raking, or letting that dog jerk the leash. This also gets aggravated by letting the rowing machine jerk forward during the exercise. One client activated by compressing the armpit against a chair back while twisted to talk to the person behind …

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Self Care – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Avoid sleeping in awkward positions or, especially under a draft. Chill aggravates this pain at the base of the head and under the shoulder blade more than the awkward position. This muscle is often over-powered by short, strong muscles on the front of the neck. Specifically, the anterior scalene attaches to the front of the …

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Therapist Notes – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Mobilize the upper cervical vertebrae. Multifidi trigger points are strongly governed by vertebral mobility. Even though this trigger point is in the multifidi near C3, it is difficult to get a more complete release and lasting relief without first mobilizing the atlas and axis. This post has few different techniques for mobilizing the atlas. This …

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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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Therapy Notes – Levator Scapula

Levator scapula, like quadratus lumborum, is a small muscle that balances movement between larger muscles and produces debilitating pain when aggravated. It is essential to deal with the governors of this muscle before treatment. Also, like quadratus lumborum, treatment of this muscle often jostles and breaks up fixations in the related vertebrae. Treatment of the …

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Therapist Notes – Pain inside shoulder blade when slouching while seated

Pain between the shoulder blades is seldom rhomboids unless the client has trapped the rhomboid muscle against a hard surface or they have extremely imbalanced extrinsic back and extrinsic chest muscle. When the problem is postural, the shoulders and upper back are notably rounded or the upper back is very straight and shoulder blades are …

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Therapist Notes – Serratus Posterior Superior

Serratus posterior superior is strongly governed by the costovertebral joints of the upper thoracic spine. These fixations are almost always associated with locally displaced vertebrae, especially the shearing of C7 and the upper thoracics in Forward Head posture. Serratus posterior superior is involved in shoulder pain over 90% of the time and should be checked …

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Self Care – Can’t Reach Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

In today’s culture, this is almost always a problem with being chronically bent forward while working on paperwork or with a screen. One of my clients also got this from knitting while her family watched TV at night. This post offers a couple of different approaches to being seated without pain, one for the more …

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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 base 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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Mid-back pain that extends up and around

Client’s Description   People complain of stiffness, tightness and pain in their back as they reach around to touch their lower ribs. They often complain of how it extends up to the outside of the shoulder blade and seems to shoot through or wrap around their side into their abdomen. It bothers them when they are …

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