The serratus posterior superior is almost to 100% involved if you have a painful shoulder.
Learn how to massage it and get relief!
Trigger points are painful when pressed on and are able to give you pain in areas of your body that might seem totally unrelated to the muscle that contains these points.
The pain zones of this muscle can be pretty widespread among your body.
Pain is mainly felt at the top of your shoulder blade and down the backside of your entire arm.
Additionally this muscle can send pain to your chest, your inner upper arm, your forearm and to the back of your hand.
Not shown but still possible areas of pain are your wrists and palms.
It mainly causes…
The colour in the pictures below shows you how common it is to feel pain in the respective areas.
The darker the red, the more common it is to feel an ache at this spot when your serratus posterior superior contains trigger points.
When lying on your back, your shoulder blade will be pressing on the muscle.
If tender or trigger points are present, this can be pretty painful.
Paradox breathing, which means breathing mainly with your chest instead of your diaphragm, will eventually overwork this muscle and create tender or trigger points.
In general, the muscles that assist breathing ASSIST.
They are not meant to be the main workhorses. It is just too much load for those small muscles.
Also sitting in front of a high desk with your shoulders elevated will eventually lead to problems.
The fibers of the muscles just draw near each other in this position.
Such a condition, if it is present very often or chronically, is too much for the muscle.
As the serratus posterior superior lies under your trapezius and rhomboids you are not able to feel it.
Additionally the most troubling part that you want to massage, lies under the shoulder blade, so that you cannot access it directly with your hands.
Still, with a little trick you will be able to massage it.
Here you have two options. You may use a massage ball or the Trigger Fairy.
When does the Trigger Fairy makes sense?
How to use the Trigger Fairy?