Ouch! Got back pain?
What many don't realise is that pain originating from between and around the shoulder blades CANNOT be fixed by another massage. If you experience this pain, your back isn't tight, it's weak.
Day-to-day, we sit hunched over our steering wheels, laptops and books, this promotes SCAPULAR PROTRACTION (the action of bringing your shoulders forward and together), THORACIC FLEXION (bending forward of the spine at the upper back) and glenohumeral INTERNAL ROTATION (the pointing inwards of your upper arm bone). It just so happens that, to accommodate this, our chest muscles SHORTEN to keep us stuck in this BAD POSTURE.
But how does this relate to weakness?
To counteract all that pulling from the shortened pecs, your poor upper back muscles have to work over-time to try and keep you upright. Unfortunately, for many of us these muscles just aren't STRONG ENOUGH to do the job effectively, leading them to get tight, sore and tired.
So what's the solution? STRENGTHEN your upper back daily, don't stretch.
For my clients who suffer from this pain, I will ALWAYS get them to do at least one of the following once or twice EVERY DAMN DAY
- Band Over-and-Backs for 2-3 sets of 10-20
- Band Pull-Aparts for 2-3 sets of 10-20
- Band Face Pulls for 2-3 sets of 10-20
- YTW's for 2-3 sets of 20-30s total per position
- Prone Angels for 2-3 sets of 8-15
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