Lia said, “I have had no relief from these knots in my shoulder blade. I am now experiencing almost permanent pins & needles in my right arm and have trouble finding any relief! Any ideas?”
Well, yes, I do have ideas. It’s hard knowing what might be going on long distance but I do have ideas. In this case, I suspect that muscles in the neck are causing both the knots and the arm sensation.
The pins and needles sensation and the knots in her shoulder blades could be caused by separate issues or they could have the same cause.
I told Lia that I am pretty sure (my best long distance guess) that the problem is caused by muscles in her neck pressing on a nerve. Those muscles are called scalenes. There is a set of scalene muscles on the left side and the right side of your neck.
Nerves run from your neck to your hand. If the scalene muscles are “too tight” they can press on these nerves and cause symptoms such as knots in your back and uncomfortable hand and arm sensations.
If your shoulders are “bunched up” that can cause the muscles to get tight and press on the nerves. Also, if you have “forward head” posture (your head is in front of your body instead of over and your shoulders are rolled forward) that can cause these symptoms.
If you can find a massage therapist who knows how to “release” the scalenes that person can probably help a lot. Yes, there is a cost involved and it may take several sessions. But you will be able to feel a difference pretty quickly.
Please don’t just ask, “Do you know how to release scalene muscles?” Some practitioners will say yes, even if they don’t.
Ask whether the therapist has had any experience doing this release? Have they worked successfully with people who have had your symptoms? What type of training have they had?
It usually requires advanced training to do scalene release.
If the scalenes are not the problem, then it’s (long distance guess) possibly the muscles of your upper body on that side being so tight that they are pressing on a nerve. Those muscles could be in the front of the chest.
I’m leaning to the scalenes because they cause BOTH pain in the hand and knots in the back.
In my program http://KnotsInYourBack.com I have self-help videos about this problem. They help you to release the scalene muscles and so take pressure off the nerves. If you’d like the free report about the causes of those miserable knots in your back, it’s here: Miserable Knots
And here are some articles that may help.
Look at the Video Category and the Self Help Category (Categories are listed on the right hand side) while you are at Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief, too.
Also, if you go to http://CarpalTunnelRadio.com you will see a replay called “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome–Is It All In Your Head? Or In Your Neck?” and that is about the scalene muscles.
Remember, the scalenes cause knots in your back, too, not just symptoms in your hand and arm.
There is also the outside chance that spinal bones in the neck are causing Lia’s symptoms. I’m not a doctor but (except in emergencies) my first suggestion is always to try the least invasive, most natural therapies. In this case, that would be to release the scalene muscles manually (by hand.)
If that doesn’t work, a visit to an orthopedic doctor would be the next step. Tests could probably tell whether pressure on the nerves is coming from something like a bone spur and whether surgery might help.
If Lia were to consider surgery, I would suggest that she ask lots of questions about the surgery and the outcome.
Muscle therapy doesn’t make permanent changes to your skeleton but surgery of this sort does. That is why I always suggest conservative manual muscle therapy first for nervy hand and arm pain.