By Julie Donnelly – The Pain Relief Expert
Upper Back Pain Caused by Muscles
Do you have burning between your shoulder blades?
Does your upper body ache, especially when you’ve been sitting at your computer for hours?
The muscles that cause upper back pain are both in your upper back AND in the front of your neck!
I was sitting having lunch and saw a woman who was obviously in agony, rubbing her upper back and squirming around in her chair. Like so many other people in the world, I first thought that I shouldn’t get involved, it was none of my business. But as I watched her, and read her mind as she was in pain, I decided “this IS my business….I can help her!” So, I went over, introduced myself, and we started to talk.
She told me that she works on a computer and sometimes the burning and pain in her upper back will get so bad she has to stop working. She was thrilled when she found the SOURCE of her pain!
It’s totally overlooked when you go to a professional to find a solution to upper back pain, yet this problem it is so common that this treatment needs to be spread far and wide!
Why a muscles in the FRONT of your neck causes upper back pain
The vertebrae and nerves of your upper back are impacted by muscles such as your scalenes (in the front of your neck). As these muscles shorten due to spasms, they are impinging on nerves and are pulling on your vertebrae, which will cause pain in the bones and muscles of your upper back.
Your scalenes cross over a bundle of nerves called the brachial plexus. One of the end-points for these nerves is your rhomboids muscles – in the center of your upper back. When your scalenes are in spasm they impinge on the nerve and this is the cause of the burning between your shoulder blades!
This is also one of the causes of hand/wrist pain and numbness, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Treating a muscle that causes upper back pain and burning
Treating the scalenes can be a bit tricky, and a bit shocking. Look at the picture on the left and see where the woman is pressing into her neck. The scalenes point that you are searching for is straight down from your ear, and just above and slightly behind, your collar bone.
Press gently, if they are in spasm you will feel a burning pain. The pain may go between your shoulder blades; into your chest; under your armpit, across your shoulder, and all the way down to your hand.
Hold it for 15 seconds, only pressing enough so it is “annoying,” but not truly painful. Then keep increasing the pressure every 15 seconds until it no longer is hurting. This could take up to 5 minutes if the muscle is in serious spasm.
The 15 Minute Back Pain Solution is a compilation of many specific treatments for each muscle that causes back pain. You’ll be surprised at how far some of the spasms are from the point of pain, and you’ll pleased to learn how easy it is to resolve the issue.
Upper back pain, and burning between your shoulder blades doesn’t have to prevent you from living a pain-free life – all you need is a bit of knowledge and some focused attention.
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Wishing you well,