Tag: shoulder blade

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 inContinue reading

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

Once in a while, this problem starts by awkwardly reaching up and back, but usually, this is a chronic problem.  The muscle tightens because the upper ribs have become chronically elevated. Also, there is theContinue reading

Therapy Notes – Serratus Anterior

This muscle is often overlooked and not treated until other muscles have been treated, which produce similar pain patterns. These patterns include scalenes, rhomboids, erectors, pectorals and multifidi. Serratus anterior can be hard to resolveContinue reading

Self-Care – Nagging Pain Inside The Bottom of the Shoulder Blade

This pain is more likely to be caused by a weak and overstretched muscle instead of a short-tight one. If your shoulders hunch forward, this stretch will help. A vapo-coolant like Icy-Hot on the tenderContinue reading

Therapy Notes – Scalenes Supine

Palpation Structural anomalies are common in the scalenes. Developed palpation skills are needed to reach the proper belly for assessment and treatment. Be aware that the lateral tip of the cervical transverse process is bluntContinue reading

Self Care – Stiff, Swollen Hands in the Morning

Stiff and swollen hands are usually a problem when one sleeps on their back (as is often recommended) with their arms by their side. Some people avoid this problem, as well as “numbing and tinglingContinue reading

Trigger Points – Nagging Pain Inside The Bottom of the Shoulder Blade

Client Description 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. TheyContinue reading

Trigger Points – 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 shoulderContinue reading

Trigger Points – Aching mid-back with tired triceps

Client’s Description People complain of an area of aching pain at the base of their shoulder blade. They can’t reach it and may ask to trace the spot on my back or on the illustration thatContinue reading

Trigger Points – Pain inside shoulder blade when slouching while seated

Pain along the inside of the shoulders is seldom rhomboids. Trigger points in the scalenes, iliocostalis thoracis, infraspinatus and lower trapezius are much more likely. Look closely at the section on “Similar Patterns” to see ifContinue reading