June 24, 2005
It's a big ole knot just inside the shoulder blade. It nags and aches. It nearly disappears on good days and swells up as big as a goose egg on bad one's. Some people have even thought they were having a heart attack. But it's just a muscle spasm.
Where the trapezius, rhomboidius major, latissimus dorsi and longisimus dorsi meet is a cross-section that creates problems for many people. Deep tissue therapy and patience and thoroughness are called for. Following all the fiber directions to their terminus, including freeing the scapular sling, is the only way to free the shoulder from the grip of this major trigger point. Also check the associated rib attachment at the spine and sternum.
Low back and neck or shoulder issues may also be caught up in this chronic shoulder pattern so those must be addressed as well.
Posted by linda at June 24, 2005 9:54 AM
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