| Article written on June 27th, 2015 at 9:30am | Follow Garrett on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram |
The region between the shoulder blades is often an area where we feel tons of tension and nagging pain. In the majority of situations, this area is held in a constantly lengthened and tensioned state. From poor posture and the heavy use of technology, we create postural changes within our upper body that increases kyphosis at the thoracic spine, shifts the shoulder blades laterally, and tightens the anterior chest/shoulder musculature. To resolve this issue we tend to look towards soft-tissue work and foam rolling at the area between the shoulder blades, which will temporarily reduce symptoms. But, what we actually need to do is loosen up the anterior chest and shoulders, while strengthening and shortening the muscles in the upper back. This will provide the long-term fix needed to resolve the issue.
Here is a demonstration on these everyday, negative postural changes, and what we need to do to resolve them:
By: Garrett McLaughlin, MS, ATC, CSCS, ART