I'm Dr. Molly, with Your Goals Physical Therapy, let's talk about that burning pain between your shoulder blades or maybe it's right underneath your shoulder blade. You can feel a knot there and you just want to dig the sucker out, but it just keeps coming back every month like clock work.
When you go to your massage therapist, it gets better for a little bit, but the knot and pain comes back after 3- 4 weeks just like clockwork. Then you're grabbing your shoulder blade like the pain never left. It feels like if somebody could just take their elbow and dig into just the right spot it would finally just disappear. But meanwhile, it hurts when you move your arm a certain way, or if you have a stand in the same position at your desk. It's just constantly talking to you every day without fail. And it's progressively getting worse. How frustrating! If you ever wonder, “Is this really just from how I'm holding my stress?”, or “Is this something that I'm gonna be dealing with forever.”
That's what I wanna talk about. Your stress can definitely cause things in your body to hurt, but many times when talking about the burning pain in your upper back or shoulder blade, it's actually caused by your posture.
I wanted to give you three tips to determine if it's your posture that is causing that pain to be progressively getting worse. Here are the three things to look at:
So if you find one or more of these changes to your posture, then that could be why your general exercise program and your monthly massages help you manage your pain but have not resolved your pain. What you need are very specific exercises that get your muscles and ligaments to restore your good posture. The program needs to help your muscles relearn how to work correctly, and it needs to help you know what up right posture feels like. It may sound easy but really it's complicated because there are a lot of muscles in your upper back, so learning how to move muscles that have been overstretched is hard.
I love helping people improve their posture! I help people stop that burning pain between their shoulder blades permanently by improving the strength and function of their upper back and neck muscles. When my clients are finished they may still get monthly massages BUT it is only because massages are amazing…not because they are managing pain.
I just wanna get out the word that it's not necessarily just the stress of your job that's causing you to have burning pain between your shoulder blades, it could be a change to your posture. If you need some specific exercises and a specific plan to help you, simply send me a direct message and we can talk about your specific situation so we can get started. I hope you're having a great day.
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Dr. Molly McDonald