THE KNOTS BETWEEN MY SHOULDER BLADES IS DRIVING ME CRAZY!
Regardless of what I do....
It will not go away. What is going on?
This is a common complaint and difficult to solve using conventional methods like self-massage, stretching or trying to keep the shoulders back. Temporary help only.
The ROOT cause is a POSTURE ISSUE in the thoracic spine.
Usually caused by your head being too far forward and your shoulders raised. The result: Over-stretched and weak posture muscles. With posture like this the thoracic vertebra are mis-aligned by tipping forward in flexion.
Eventually this becomes "normal" posture.
GOOD POSTURE IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE THORACIC SPINE, NOT THE NECK OR SHOULDERS.
The thoracic spine is the most inflexible area of the spine. Ribs attached to the vertebra give protection and support to vital body organs.
Sometimes the ribs go "out". Most of the time it is the vertebra articulating with the rib that is "out". The vertebra may be rotated, or stuck in either flexion or extension or tipped to one side. This results in improper motion of the rib. The body responds by tightening the muscles in the area to stabilize the situation.
Then they become fatigued.
The muscles knot up and stay locked.
Exercises like these DO NOT FIX the problem
TextThe first two stretches reinforce the CAUSE of the knots. The roll stretches the chest and anterior shoulders, but does NOT ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM!
MY MUSCLES GET SO TIGHT IT'S LIKE MY SHOULDER BLADES ARE STUCK TO MY BACK!
The main purpose of the shoulder blade (scapula) is to move the arm. When you lift your arm, the shoulder blade rotates. This motion is called SCAPTION - an abreviation for Scapular Plane Elevation. There are three scapular muscles that move the scapula and arm: trapezieus, levator scapula and rhomboid.
When these muscles get tight they pull the shoulder blade closer in toward the chest and will not allow proper motion.
All three muscles knot up and cause pain.
Sitting at a computer for hours every day, constantly looking down at your mobile device cause the muscles to thin and weaken. They respond by building muscle knots for stability. The root cause is inflexibility of the thoracic spine. Lost is the NORMAL give-and- take motion in the back.
How can I tell if this is my problem?
Raise one arm overhead, level with your ear (not in front). If you can't straighten the arm completely or if your pain increases, INCLUDING PAIN IN YOUR SHOULDER, chances are you have lost some of your scaption.
The dead give-away is frequent, increasing or consistent pain between the shoulder blades.
NOT ALL IS LOST!
LET THE BODY HEAL ITSELF
The first thing to do is...
Pull your shoulders DOWN, LIFT your chin up and DROP your head back.
This stretches the muscles on the front of your neck and takes the pressure off the shoulder blade area.
When you a sitting at your desk, do this several times a day. It relieves the pressure.
In bed, try to keep your head back, chin up. Your neck and upper back will be grateful.
THE SECOND THING TO DO IS...
- Stand against a wall with head, torso, sacrum and heels all touching the wall.
- Arms equally about 8" from your sides, palms forward.
- Slowly slide your arms up the wall to shoulder height. Maintain contact on the wall with arms, head, torso and sacrum.
- When your arms are at shoulder height, squeeze your shoulder blades together. Repeat....
BETTER THAN THESE EXERCISES, FASTER TOO...
- Align the spine, increase flexibility, solve neck and back pain.
- This product works by putting the spine in extension while at the same time breaks muscular adhesions. PurePosture gets rid of the knots!
- Fast and easy to use. You will see and feel a change the first time you use PurePosture.
Invest in yourself. Solve the problem.