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Aching mid-back with tired triceps

People complain of an area of aching pain at the base of the shoulder blade. They can’t reach it and may ask to trace the spot on my back or on the illustration that I have on the wall. It has a constant ache that suddenly becomes more painful on certain movements. It can be surprisingly painful …

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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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Why are the unfamiliar activities painful?

It’s a great question. I often state its counter part, “Other people do that and don’t have pain. Let’s work so that you can do that without pain, too.” Let’s briefly look at few things about trigger points that will answer this question: what they do, their levels of activity, what makes them more active, how …

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Stiff, Swollen Hands in the Morning

People complain about waking in the morning with stiff and swollen hands. Some of them have problems with tingling and sleeping hands in the night. They often get up and move their arms around until the tingling stops, and the arms are awake again. Sometimes, they have pain or tingling when they hold their arms near …

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Pain Behind the Shoulder When Lifting Arm

When the trigger point is less advanced, people hold their arm out with the elbow away from their side,  reach around to touch the back of the shoulder behind the arm pit and say that it hurts there. If I ask if they can reproduce the pain, they cautiously rotate their hand back to a throwing …

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Can’t Reach Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

People complain of pain under the shoulder blade that they can’t reach. It aches fairly constantly. It is a bothersome ache that they can’t shake. They may get temporary relief from a hot shower or exercise. Sometimes, it becomes so vague, unreachable and constant that they just ignore it. When that happens, and this trigger point …

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Stiffness up the side of the neck when turning

People complain about pain while turning the head and usually trace up and down the side of their neck while talking about it. They often complain about turning to look when they change lanes or tend to a child in the back seat. Most often, they have trouble turning it to the side that hurts …

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