Pain from trigger points runs in typical patterns.
If you have pain in your upper arm and hand that meets the following pattern, there is a fairly easy fix.
Sometimes the muscles that are causing symptoms are deep inside the body, hidden under bones or other muscles. But, the cause of this pain pattern is on the outside of your shoulder blade, so that makes "treating" it easy.
When I give directions for locating pain on your arm or body, like "outside" or "front," that means you are standing or seated with your thumbs rotated outward or away from your body. Your thumbs are pointed away from you, sideways. Your palms are facing forward. Then "outside" or "front" always means the same thing, because we are all in the same position.
Here's the pain pattern:
The most painful area is usually on the outside (side) of your upper arm and on the front side of your upper arm, through your bicep muscle. (That's the muscle that pops up when a man flexes his arm.) A lesser amount of pain runs down your arm as far as the fingers (but just the part of your fingers close to your palm.) That pain is usually felt on both the back side and the palm side of the hand and arm.
You might also have quite a bit of pain on the spine side of your shoulder blade. You might also have head or neck pain at the base of your skull on the same side as the painful arm. Pain in both of these areas is caused by trigger points in the muscle on your shoulder blade and it will go away when the trigger point is resolved (gone.)
I say "usually" or "generally" because every body is different, and we all feel things somewhat differently or in slightly different places. We are not all built exactly the same, just similarly.
What's a trigger point?
A trigger point is a hyper-irritable (really crabby) place
in a muscle that "triggers" pain elsewhere, sometimes quite far away.
What's the fix?
The trigger points that cause this pain pattern are on the back side of your shoulder blade. The shoulder blade is easily as large as your hand. It has a "spine" that runs across it. Most people might think this is the top edge of the bone when they feel it.
So, the muscle that has the trigger points is on the back side of your shoulder blade.
1. You can ask someone to warm up your muscles around and on your shoulder blade with a little massage, and then ask them to apply pressure to your shoulder blade. A very tender place will probably be one of the culprits causing your pain, so hold that tender place for about 12 seconds. There might be more than one tender place. Get pressure on all of them.
2. Go with this knowledge to a massage therapist and ask them to warm that area of your back and apply pressure point or trigger point massage to your whole shoulder blade, on your infraspinatus muscle. (Different massage therapists might use different terminology for the same thing, but any one should have an idea of what those two terms mean.)
3. Place a tennis ball or golf ball on the floor, and place your shoulder blade on it and apply pressure to the tender areas. Don't roll around, just apply pressure without moving. Move slightly to find the next tender area and apply pressure again for about 12 seconds. It's fine to go back to each area more times.
So, while you might also have a diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, at least now you can release the muscle causing this particular pain pattern. Next, you must get to the rest of the causes of your hand, wrist and arm pain, right?
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