Muscle pain in the upper arm is often caused by tension and trigger points that you can usually treat yourself, with excellent results.
On this page you will learn which muscles are most likely to cause arm pain, and how to get rid of this pain.
Note: This page contains a lot of detailed info. If you are pressed for time, you can reread this article in my e-Book.
A self-massage is often the best, fastest and cheapest way to come to grips with upper arm pain.
Why? Muscle tension and trigger points do not go away by themselves, but can be “massaged out” of a muscle.
And, most of the time you don’t need any outside help.
A self-massage is very effective because you “communicate” directly with the control centre guiding your muscle tone, namely your nervous system.
Tension in the muscles can be reduced by your nervous system when adequate pressure is applied to the muscles.
It is important that you concentrate on painful or pressure-sensitive tissue.
Healthy muscles do not respond to pressure with pain. Pain is often an alarm signal and indicates that something is wrong at the area in question.
Listen to these signals and focus your massage on the tense or painful areas in a muscle.
Most of the time, daily massages (multiple times per day) help alleviate muscle pain in the upper arm within a few days or weeks, and can even eliminate it.
Afterwards, they help maintaining tension at a normal level, and prevent pain from flaring up again.
These are of course primarily my experiences.
Moreover, massages only work if they are carried out regularly. Once a week is not enough!
Self-massages for specific muscles and parts of the body are described below.
They should help you in treating your pain.
You probably won’t need to massage all of the areas described.
I do, however, recommend that you carefully read through all of the descriptions at least once, and check all of the featured muscles.
Then, only put those which are tense or painful on your “massage list”.
This might take some time, but it will pay off. I promise!
Begin by massaging the biceps brachii, the large muscle on the front of your upper arm.
For massage, use the Press and move technique, or the Thumb index finger technique.
The former is described on this page.