Pain Between Shoulder Blades: Do You Suffer Upper Back Discomfort?

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Shoulder Blade Pain?

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.

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Can You Do the Apley Scratch Test?

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Apley Scratch Rotator Cuff

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.

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Effects of Carrying a Heavy Bag on One Shoulder

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Do You Use a Man Bag?

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.

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Upper Back Exercises: How to Fix Your Tired Thoracic Spine

Easy to do upper back exercises fro improving the thoracic spine and neckYou 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.

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Shoulder Blade Push Ups: Great Upper Back Exercise

Shoulder Blade Push Ups

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.

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