What can cause pain between shoulders?

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Oct 30
What can cause pain between shoulders?

Shoulder blade pain and pain between shoulder blades is ubiquitous in our fast-paced modern era.  The modern era has ushered in a new way of life. The days of working hard outside in an agrarian society are over. It has been replaced by sitting in front of a computer, texting 4 hours a day, sitting in traffic on our way to work and other sedentary activities that compound spinal stress.  Pain that is associated with the shoulder blades is the result of tight contracted muscles as they scream from postural imbalances and constant stress from sitting, texting, and having the head and shoulders in a flexed position. In this article we would like to talk about a little-known procedure called Blair Upper Cervical Chiropracticand its ability to help your body adapt better to the modern day stressors.


Shoulder blade pain is described by a number of different symptoms:


  • shoulder blade pain
  • pain between shoulder blades
  • shoulder blades
  • left shoulder blade pain
  • pain in shoulder blade
  • pain in left shoulder blade
  • pain under right shoulder blade
  • pain under left shoulder blade
  • pinched nerve shoulder blade
  • back pain between shoulder blades
  • upper back pain causes
  • back shoulder pain
  • sharp pain in shoulder
  • upper middle back pain
  • upper back pain between shoulder blades
  • sharp pain in neck


Many of these symptoms have their roots in abnormal musculoskeletal tone. Of course there are other reasons people can experience should blade pain such as a gall balder attack, heart attack, pleurisy, however the large percentage of people that suffer with chronic shoulder blade type pain results from postural imbalance and an underlying structural problem in the neck that interferes with the bodies postural center. Nerve irritation to the postural centers makes it difficult for the body to adapt to the stresses and strains of modern life.

Shoulder Pain Causes


How Prior Neck Injury Sets The Stage For Shoulder Blade Type Pain


The Upper Cervical Spine is the most susceptible area of the spine to joint injury. This is due to the fact that the head weighs 10-12 pounds and sits on the atlas that weighs 2 ounces.  Furthermore, your head sits on a stick. These three biomechanical considerations make it unstable and susceptible to misalignment from trauma throughout life.   The brainstem, which is housed by the atlas and axis, controls postural muscle tone. When the upper cervical spine is injured form trauma, the soft tissue surrounding the joints become damaged, the joints lose their mobility, and a cascade of neurological effects occur in the system.   


One of the first thing that occurs following neck injury is imbalances in muscle tone throughout the spine. The most common occurrences are muscle tightening of the scalene muscles which draws the head forward. Because the head weighs 10-12 pounds, when it moves forward off of its balanced axis over the upper back, the body tightens the mid back muscles to keep the head upright against gravity. During this process the muscles that surround the shoulder blades become tight can produce a host of different symptom such as, pinched nerve in the shoulder blade, pain under the left or right shoulder blade. Also common are mid back pain, power neck pain, upper back pain, numbness and tingling down the arms and other musculoskeletal complaints.

The notion we are trying to convey is that modern living has increased the stressors on the body that lead to musculoskeletal complaints, but the bodies inability to adapt to the stressors can be the result of upper cervical spine irritation that limits its adaptive capabilities. Furthermore, getting to a qualified Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractor can help improve the bodies adaptive capabilities by correcting upper cervical spine misalignments. Our los Angeles Upper Cervical Health Care offices have been helping people overcome not only shoulder balde pain but a host of other chronic health problems by improving the bodies ability to function properly. Next, we will discuss what a Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractor does and how it can help you live a healthier life.

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What Is Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic?

Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct upper neck spinal misalignments that impact central nervous system function aberrantly. This is done through neurological tests that indicate the presence or absence of nerve irritation and at what level it is occurring. Once determined precise imaging is used in the form of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)or digital x-ray to look at each individual joint to determine direction and magnitude of misalignment.  This information is used to make a precise spinal correction which includes no twisting popping or pulling of the neck. The goal of Blair Upper Cervical Care is “hold” the correction for as long as possible. Each day the vertebrae is in its normal biomechanical range of motion healing occurs. The soft tissues surrounding the joint mend and repair, normal joint motion is re-established and most importantly the central nervous system function becomes more normal. Also, as it relates to shoulder bald pain, normalizing brainstem function and postural muscle tone control is a function of normal brain stem function. As the joint’s stability becomes stronger the person is able to with stand more outside stressors with less recurrence of musculoskeletal complaints throughout the body.