Do you have burning in your back between your shoulder blade and spine? That area has a muscle called the rhomboid.
It gets blamed for pain all the time but it is usually NOT the muscle at fault! Poor rhomboid.
Rhomboid area pain is typically caused by that area being over-stretched. The burning is a symptom. You have to figure out the cause and get rid of it.
Your neck could be involved if the scalene muscles on the side of your neck are causing you to have a ‘knot’ in your back. The scalene muscles in your neck can have trigger points that cause burning in the rhomboid area or knots in your back but the burning can also be caused by simple mechanical over-stretch.
If you strengthen the muscles in the back of your neck, back and thighs and stretch and lengthen the muscles in the front of your body from knees to chin, you will be working to re-balance your body. This is good!
Since there is an excellent chance that the muscles in the front of your body are too strong and tight and short already, they don‘t need strengthening. They need lengthening.
There are ways to sit more comfortably at the computer so you don’t over-stretch your rhomboid area.
Using a mouse? Try this:
1. Switch hands. It really can be done. 🙂
2. Bring your elbow closer to your waist when you work–no stretching. Stretching aggravates muscle in the rhomboid area–it gets overstretched and complains.
3. No slouching. A strong back will help prevent slouching.
4. Using a laptop? Get a separate monitor or keyboard so you can work more ergonomically.
A foam roller or roll made of a long towel or piece of carpet is excellent for laying on to allow you to stretch and lengthen the muscles in the front of your chest and arm. If it’s narrow enough for you to lay on long-ways (with the full length of your spine and head on it) you can also use it as a tool to squeeze your shoulder blades against. That will help strengthen the muscles between your shoulder blade and spine. Then those muscles can better hold their own against being over-stretched.
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Taking these actions can help to get rid of this nasty ache in your rhomboid.