That’s the noise I make when I get fed up with that constant pain between my shoulder blades. It’s so deep– almost under the blade.
Regular stretching doesn’t seem to be touching it. The massage therapist has a hard time reaching it.
It’s pretty horrific.
Meet The Culprit
The Rhomboid Muscle lies deep in the back and connects the shoulder blade to the spine.
The reason this muscle is so hard to treat is two-fold:
It is deep under other muscles. This makes it difficult for manual stimulation through massage.
It is protected by other muscles. Once the Rhomboid muscle is damage and inflamed, the other muscles surrounding it tense to try to protect it. This makes it difficult to stretch out.
Is It A Heart Attack????
One or more of these symptoms could signal a heart attack. Please seek immediate medical attention.
- Pain Between The Shoulder Blades
- Shortness of Breath
Sure, it could be bad indigestion. But if the antacids aren’t fixing it immediately, or you are having symptoms besides back pain, get help.
How To Fix The Rhomboid Muscle
My Rhomboid muscle loves to give me pain. And so I have learned a lot about stretching it out and getting it to quit bugging me. The stretches that help me the most are the:
- Corner Stretch
- Door Jam Grab
I demonstrate both in this video:
You have to remember that the rhomboids help with posture. So focus on correcting your posture throughout the day. Force your shoulders back and sit and stand as straight as you can. As I mentioned in the My Back Hurts article, swimming is a great way to help the muscles work out the knots and strengthen for normal use.
In addition, hydration is critical. Muscles are 75% water and hurt worse when dehydrated.
Pain Between Your Shoulder Blades From Degenerative Disc Disease
A more serious cause for pain between your shoulder blades can be a result of degenerative disc disease. This sharp shooting pain is constant, and results from a pinched nerve in the spinal column.
In fact, you may have already been diagnosed with osteoarthritis or a “slipped disc” and may be of the opinion that there is nothing that can be done or that you will need to get surgery to fix it.
While this may be true, I have personally met several people that doctors and chiropractors were ready to give up on, who were able to heal their pain.
Doing so wasn’t simple. It took a multi-faceted approach using techniques taught in our Spinal Therapy course, along with massage , exercise and chiropractic care in order to fix their pain.
However, probably the most exciting treatment is the inversion table.
An inversion table works by flipping you upside down and unloading those compressed discs in the back. This allows fluid to flow in between the discs and can help them find their proper alignment. In addition, the spinal fluid can now cushion the nerves and relieve the compressed nerve.
I have one friend who was confined to a walker and was declining so rapidly that they were looking at having to use a wheelchair all the time. Their doctor had scheduled back surgery but it was still several months away.
She started using an inversion table several times a day, and in less than a week she was no longer dependent on the walker. She healed so well that her doctor cancelled the surgery.
For just over $100, it makes sense to give one of these tables a try before you try any drastic surgery.
I know that my back sure has enjoyed mine. I’d love it if it helps you, too.