Knots In Back And Shoulder

Kathryn Merrow on November 18th, 2010

“Knots” or muscle spasms in your upper back happen for a reason. Almost all pain happens for a reason or a cause.  If you get rid of the cause, you can get rid of the pain! Most often the reason for upper back muscle spasms is


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Kathryn Merrow on August 24th, 2010

When you learned to walk, your spine did this really neat thing.  It developed curves to help you stand “straight.” When we say, “Stand up straight,” it really means stand tall; stand with the proper curves in your spine; stand with your head over your body instead of in front of it. See this fellow […]


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Kathryn Merrow on August 11th, 2010

What causes shoulder blade pain and back tightness and pain? Here’s an email I received from a healthy young man who always exercised with no health issues other than debilitating back pain. I used to work a very physical job with a lot of heavy lifting, bending, and twisting for an 8 1/2 hour shift. […]


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Kathryn Merrow on July 3rd, 2010

What makes your muscles turn into knots in your upper back?  Well, they are not really “knots.”  They are a type of muscle spasm.  Here’s one example. See this little guy?  His head is way in front of his body.  The dotted line indicates the midline of his body.  The line should be passing through […]


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Kathryn Merrow on June 9th, 2010

Are you suffering from a “knot” in your back? The most common place for these muscle spasms or contractions is between your shoulder blade and spine. They usually occur on the side of your dominant hand (the one you use the most.) So what causes these painful knots and what can you do to get […]


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Kathryn Merrow on June 8th, 2010

What causes “knots” or muscle spasms in your upper back and shoulder? A knot is a contraction or spasm in the muscle.  The most common cause is over-work.  It’s not necessarily that YOU are doing too much work 🙂 but you are overworking some of your muscles. Those muscles get protective.  To protect themselves and […]


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