November 16, 2017

Releasing Shoulder Pain In The Supraspinatus

supraspinatus trigger points

The supraspinatus is located above the spine of the scapula and runs from the shoulder blade to the humerus. It sits below the trapezius muscle.

The function is to lift the arm and holds the shoulder joint together along with other muscles.

You stress this muscle and its related joints anytime it is used in activities that try to pull the joint apart. Sports activities such as rowing, shoulder shrugs, deadlift, sumo deadlift, lateral dumbbell presses, overhead presses, tennis over-head serves, baseball/softball pitching, and many more.

Daily activities such as carrying a heavy purse or bag at ground level, pulling luggage, an overly aggressive dog on a leash, and even walking hands down when your supraspinatus is already aggravated will cause more irritation.

Pain commonly associated with supraspinatus trigger points are problems with shoulder pain and limited range of motion in the shoulder joint. This is one of many shoulder joint muscles.

Sometimes it feels like a deep ache to the outer side of the shoulder. The popping noise heard from the shoulder joint might be because of tight trigger points in the supraspinatus. Even tennis elbow might be treatable with this muscle.

The trigger point anatomy is shown below

shoulder pain trigger points

There are 2 trigger points in the supraspinatus with the belly of the muscle containing 1. It’s located below the top of the shoulder blade. The second common trigger point is about 1-2 inches away from the first with the trigger point located close to the muscle as it goes under the bony bump (acromion).

This muscle is tricky to treat. First, because this muscle lies deep to the trapezius muscle it will be hard to generate therapeutic pressure using only fingers. If you choose to use your fingers, be careful with the repetitive use of your fingers can cause joint damage. The TP BuddieRx was created to prevent that.

Second, supraspinatus trigger points can be confused with the trapezius muscle trigger points. Treating both muscles is not a bad idea (if pain exists).

The T1 release is a beginning release and perfect for those times when you just want do a light and quick release for relief at the office, car, or during an activity.

This release can be done in an easy standing or seated position.

Put your right-hand on the curve and your left-hand goes on S1. The left-hand is for guiding along the supraspinatus while the right-hand is used for generating pressure on the muscle.

To find trigger points on the supraspinatus start by using your fingers to locate it for better biofeedback. Once you have a general idea of where to begin, place the C-curve of the TP BuddieRx over the supraspinatus near the shoulder blade above the spine of the scapula.

Use point 2 on the TP BuddieRx to press-release for sore spots till you reach the end of the shoulder. Once you find the sore spot press and hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then release.

Typically, you want to always pace yourself and it’s useful to review the trigger point protocol.

To generate additional leverage you can rotate you’re right-hand toward your jawbone and use your neck to provide additional pressure.

To stretch your supraspinatus, put your hand in front of your face. Then rotate your arm so that the back of your hand is against your spine. Now, relax the shoulder down.


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