Supraspinatus Muscle Location and Trigger Points

Muscle Location and Trigger Points 

Supraspinatus Referred Pain Patterns

Referred Pain Patterns

The Supraspinatus, another rotator cuff muscle, lies on the outside of the upper 1/3 of the shoulder blade.  The function of this muscle is to assist in raising the arm above the head.  Although it is a small muscle, it has an incredibly important function, and should not be overlooked.

Supraspinatus Trigger Points cause a deep, aching pain in the shoulder.  It is extremely painful, if not impossible, to raise your arm above your head.  This interferes with many simple, daily tasks, and makes normal life very difficult.  If you’ve ever been diagnosed with bursitis, it’s possible the Supraspinatus is the true source of your pain, not the shoulder bursa.  In this case, the pain does not resolve with typically prescribed anti-inflammatory medications.

Another interesting pain referral location of Supraspinatus Trigger Points is the outer portion of the elbow.  This pain is often misdiagnosed as Lateral Epicondylitis, more commonly known as “Tennis Elbow.”  

Working on the computer with no elbow support, carrying a heavy purse or briefcase at your side, or moving heavy objects can overwhelm the Supraspinatus, causing increased incidence of Trigger Points.  Use the Pressure Pointer to keep this important muscle healthy and happy.

Supraspinatus Stretch

Sit on chair (or stand) near wall.  Place left arm straight out to the side with elbow straight, and place hand against wall.
Move waist sideways away from the wall until a stretch is felt in the arm.
Hold for 10-15 seconds.
Repeat for other side.
Repeat cycle three times, at least three times daily.

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