Rhomboid Muscle Location and Trigger Points

Muscle Location and Trigger Points 

The Rhomboid muscles are often overlooked, but they are frequently a location of Trigger Points.  The Rhomboids are very thin muscles which have the tremendous responsibility for much of the movement and support of the shoulder blades. Due to the enormous amount the shoulder blades are used daily, the Rhomboids are often overworked and over tired, leading to chronic Trigger Points.
 

Rhomboid Referred Pain Patterns
Referred Pain Patterns

The referral pattern of the Rhomboids is not as widely distributed, but nearly everyone suffers from the pain of Rhomboid Trigger Points.  The pain is generally extends from the edge of the shoulder blades to the spine.  Since the Rhomboids on both sides are almost always affected, this is a primary source of mid back tightness or aching between the shoulder blades.  This pain is felt when the muscles are in use, but also at rest.  Snapping or crunching noises when moving the shoulder can also be traced to the Rhomboid muscles.

To get the head of the Pressure Pointer perpendicular to the trigger points (right shoulder), use your left foot to apply pressure while relaxing your right shoulder muscles. Roll your head forward and to the right, while pulling your elbow across your body. Hold pressure on the point for 10-15 seconds while slowly rocking your head and shoulder back and forth. Move up and down the muscle fiber a half inch or so to find other points and repeat the hold.
Treatment motion is similar for: Trapezius, Serratus, Supraspinatus

Drinking lots of water and stretching before and after a therapy session can greatly improve your healing process. Also try taking Aspirin or Ibuprofen a half hour or so before trigger point therapy. The therapy will increase blood flow to the area and bring the pain reliever right where you need it.

Bring left arm across front of body as shown.
Hold elbow with right arm and gently pull arm across chest, until a stretch is felt.
Hold for 10-15 seconds.
Repeat for other side.
Repeat cycle three times, at least three times daily.

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