Quite often a patient would come into the Chiropractic clinic and tell me they have an upper back discomfort that is causing a pain between their shoulder blades. The patient will then usually want to show me the area where their dull ache or stabbing pain is by touching my own thoracic spine. Most people can’t reach the painful area on their own backs so they need to help me to know exactly where it is hurting.
This type of patient will usually say that what they are experiencing in their upper back region can be described as: a burning ache, stabbing or a sharp pain between shoulder blades. Maybe the neck or arm is involved as well.
Today you are going to learn a lot about the symptoms of middle to upper back pain, common and serious causes for pain between shoulder blades and treatment tips for getting relief from aches and pain in-between the shoulder blades in your back today. Continue reading
You most likely haven’t heard before of the Apley scratch test used for shoulder pain assessment. Your chiropractor or doctor may have had you perform the Apley scratch test during a physical examination. It is an orthopaedic test to see if there is a restriction or pain with your shoulder movement.
This orthopaedic shoulder test can be used both as a diagnostic tool and as a treatment tool for certain shoulder pain. I the following article I’ll give you a link to the doctor who the test is named after, show you a video of how to perform a Apley Scratch Test correctly and what I meant how it can be used both as a diagnostic aid and apart of a shoulder exercise treatment protocol. Continue reading
The British Chiropractic Association has been in the news recently with a study they did on men with back pain and their man bags.
Apparently 60% of men polled use a man bag and 66% of the men polled also have had back pain before. The man bags they wore had an average weight of 6.2kgs with a laptop usually making up the most weight in a bag. I use a laptop bag myself and, like the picture, I use a single strap over my shoulder type. So does it mean you have to get rid of the trendy man bag in order to avoid back ache and use a boring double strap school bag instead? That’s what’s today’s post is asking. Continue reading
Have you got a trapped nerve in shoulder pain feeling again or for the first time? I know it is sore. You are probably feeling what the guy in the picture looks like. Today I wanted to tell you how to know where your shoulder pain is coming from. For this type of condition it could be a pinched nerve from the neck or an injury to the rotator cuff muscles.
When you’re in pain all kinds of worries will be running through your mind. Most people assume first that it is a nerve being squeezed somewhere, but is that always the case?
Read on to find how to tell the difference between a pain coming from a nerve versus pain from the rotator cuff muscles, what are the different types of symptoms, and how to effectively treat your painful shoulder with physiotherapist recommended shoulder pain exercises. Continue reading
You might not know but pain in the upper back, neck and even the mid-back region can all be connected together. You probably know the feeling of wanting your shoulders rubbed or having someone ask you to please rub their tired shoulder muscles. It is such a common complaint that I hear from people who sit all day using a computer at work. They all know that sitting still for too long is not a good thing for them, but it is what they have to do to get their work done.
Well I want to help you find what you can do to help those aches and pains in the joints of your thoracic and cervical spine and to finally relax those tired neck muscles. There is a big back muscle that is heavily involved in this pain that comes from sitting at a computer all day. This muscle is called the trapezius or you can say ‘traps‘. Then there are are a couple of syndromes that might need to be fixed. These are the upper crossed syndrome and T4 syndrome. I’ll be helping you through all this new lingo below. So if you have chronically tense muscles on the top of your shoulders, headaches or neck pain then this information is for you. Continue reading
Do you have a pain in or around your shoulder? There have been many times a patient will come in with an old nagging shoulder problem or a new ache around the top of their shoulder and need some help with pain relief. Today I would like to talk about some simple shoulder exercises to give you some shoulder pain relief. If you want you can get the book with them all.
The shoulder is one of the most mobile, flexible joints in our bodies. Unfortunately that means muscle control is vital for this joint to be stable. Below I want to show you the basic anatomy of the shoulder, symptoms of shoulder pain and what you can do to heal yourself with some shoulder exercises. Continue reading
Today I want to show you some good videos that I found on how to do shoulder-blade push ups properly. I like to recommend these specific upper back exercises for people wanting to improve their neck and upper back posture and avoid a pain between their shoulder blades.
Correcting your spinal posture can help reduce excessive strain and pressure on the muscles, joints and nerves that support your neck, shoulders and upper back area. Find out one of the best and safest exercises to get a stronger upper back and shoulder girdle today. Continue reading