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

This post offers strategies for relief when you can’t reach that pain under your shoulder blade. Learn more about how people describe, activate, and perpetuate the pain by looking at this other post. Typically, people ignore this pain that they can’t reach under the shoulder blade until it becomes chronic. At that point, these trigger …

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Pain in the upper back, index finger and thumb

People complain about pain just inside of the shoulder blade, and in the thumb, and index finger. It doesn’t always create pain in the hand; sometimes it is tingling like it is “falling asleep” or “going numb.” Sometimes, they have pain or tingling when reaching out with the hands near shoulder level, like when you’re driving …

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Superficial strip of shoulder pain when reaching up

People complain of a strip of pain in the front of the shoulder when reaching up. They often say this is “biceps tendon pain” because it feels more superficial. When I ask if there is a motion that creates the pain, they lift their arm in front of them. It bothers them more as the elbow …

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Pain when pitching or reaching behind your body

People complain of pain in the front of the shoulder, back of the upper arm, forearm, and hand. The primary complaint is often in the shoulder, especially when reaching behind the back to fasten a bra, tuck in a belt, etc. The other common complaint is focused on forearm pain. Patients usually complain about the shoulder …

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Shoulder Pain Reaching Up and Around

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. People usually complain of vague pain in the back of the arm that is sharper at the shoulder. This pain often occurs in passive postures where they are using the long head of the triceps to stabilize the arm. This trigger …

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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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Spot of pain behind shoulder

People complain of a spot of pain deep in the back of the shoulder. It often occurs after other shoulder pain, particularly after this trigger point, has been treated and released. It is a lingering pain that is hard to connect to an activity but often bothers them when I ask them to stretch the shoulder as …

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Hard to Resolve Forearm Pain

Pain across the chest and down the arm is similar to the sensations of heart attack. Most of my clients have already checked with their heart specialist and tests show that they are OK. People with these symptoms need to check with a medical doctor before getting bodywork that may mask important indicators. People usually complain …

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Pain Along the Biceps, Maybe Collar Bone & Forearm

People seldom have any part of this pattern as their primary complaint, but when they do, it is usually biceps pain. When this is a problem, the entire pattern can usually be elicited by pressing up under the collar-bone near the sternum. This response is surprising and intense for a pattern that is seldom a …

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Pain in the Front of Shoulder When Lifting Arm

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. People complain of pain in the front of the shoulder when lifting the elbow above the shoulder or back at shoulder level. This pain is less distinct and focused unless the person has a specific activity that they need to do …

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