Dec 282012
 

What symptoms and pain are associated with the biceps brachii muscles?

Biceps Brachii Pain Pattern

Pain in the shoulder, crease of the elbow and weakness in the arm are signs of bicep brachii dysfunction.

  • Pain in the front of the shoulder
  • Pain in the crease of the elbow
  • Weakness in the arm
  • Difficulty straightening arm with palm facing down
  • Pain in the top of the back of the shoulder

Where are the biceps brachii muscles?

The biceps brachii is a two headed muscle witch connects the shoulder blade and the upper arm to the elbow. The muscle is found in the front of the upper arm.

What movements do the biceps brachii muscles control?

  • Bends the arm at the elbow
  • Rotates the arm so the palm is facing up
  • Assists in raising the arm

Activities that cause biceps brachii pain and symptoms:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Chin ups, Pull ups
  • Playing the violin

Interesting facts about the biceps brachii muscles:

Biceps Brachii Muscle

You use the biceps brachii muscle when you lift something, rotate your arm, bend your elbow and raise your arm.

  • The most important function of the biceps brachii is it allows us to carry objects and not pull the shoulder joint apart.
  • Violinists and cellists often have problems and pain in the biceps.

Clinical diagnoses to which the biceps brachii muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Bicipital tendinitis
  • Subdeltoid bursitis
  • Sprain/Strain injury or muscle tear


Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the biceps brachii muscles:

Affected Organ System: Respiratory System

Satellite Trigger Points:  Supinator, Brachialis, Triceps Brachii, Anterior Deltoid, Supraspinatus, Upper Trapezius, Coracobrachialis

For detailed anatomy see: Biceps Brachii Anatomy Study


Help with Bicep Brachii Muscle Pain

Cold Therapy Treatment For Pain Shoulder, Upper Arm and Elbow Pain

Biofreeze is recommended for recent muscle injury Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is a cold therapy gel that provides pain relieve for new injuries and is great as a maintenance treatment for over use injuries.  Cold therapy should be used on new and recent injuries instead of heat as it cools the area much like ice and does not promote swelling. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer. If you have recently injured the biceps brachii muscle or have unexplained pain that has just started in the shoulder, upper arm and elbow, use Biofreeze. Rub the gel into the shoulder, front of the upper arm and elbow.

 

Ice Wrap For Shoulder, Upper Arm and Elbow Injury

Shoulder and Elbow Ice Wrap For Tricep Injury

 The Pro-Ice Shoulder and Elbow Cold Therapy Wrap is great for shoulder injuries involving the biceps, triceps and rotator cuff muscles. The wrap not only provides cold therapy for the shoulder but it also extends down the arm providing relieve for upper arm and elbow pain. This  should be in the freezer of every ball player for quick treatment of  over use injuries and preventative maintenance.

Warm Therapy for Post Injury and Chronic Shoulder and Elbow Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel is a pain relieving gel that I use both personally and professionally in my massage therapy practice. It provides warmth without burning heat unlike other heating creams and gels.  It works well for post injury pain and stiffness as well as chronic arthritis pain as it can be applied several times a day. Apply Sombra to the shoulder, upper arm and elbow to ease bicep brachii muscle pain. NOTE: Do not use Sombra Warming Gel when using ice packs or heat packs as there is a risk of blistering the skin.  For the most effective treatment, apply 5 to 10 minutes before putting on a brace or sleeve.

Hot and Cold Shoulder Therapy Wrap

Elasto Shoulder WrapElasto-Gel Hot Cold Wrap works well for those who need a wrap that provides both heat and cold therapy. This is a great wrap for people suffering with shoulder arthritis pain. Heat and cold can both help relieve symptoms of biceps brachii strain, frozen shoulder and rotator cuff muscle pain. The wrap is gel which allows it to mold to the chest, shoulder and upper arm comfortably.

Available in two sizes: Small Hot Cold Shoulder Wrap and Large / XLarge Hot Cold Shoulder Wrap

Excellent Elbow Brace For Elbow Pain and Weakness

If you have tried other elbow braces and have not found relieve from pain or mobility issues I recommend that you try the Professional’s Choice Full Elbow SupportThe Professional Choice Elbow Brace provides support and warmth to relieve pain caused by the triceps muscle.. It is a heavy duty adjustable brace that provides support and warmth without restricting movement. There are cut outs in the bend of the elbow and thinner support at the point of the elbow to allow comfortable movement.  I have two friends that regularly wear this support to play golf and they report it does not interfere with their swing.  I use this brace myself and highly recommend it. The brace does not bind, bunch up and provides just the right amount of compression to keep the pain away. The neoprene material also radiates your body heat back into the muscles to provide soothing warmth which also helps with freer movement. Highly recommended for those suffering with elbow pain and weakness.

If it is not available in the previous link, this equestrian store keeps the brace in stock: Professional’s Choice Full Elbow Support.

Arm Compression Sleeves

Full Arm Compression Sleeve for Biceps Brachii Upper Arm and Elbow Pain 

The CompressionZ Compression Arm Sleeves are for those who want or need more support for muscle injury, muscle recovery or lymphedema. The sleeves work well for those who have chronic upper arm, elbow, forearm and wrist pain. The sleeves work well for athletes as well as people whose jobs require repetitive lifting, and bending / straightening the elbow. The sleeves are available in 3 sizes and a variety of colors. Be sure to read the size chart and follow the instructions to ensure proper fit.  Two sleeves per package

 

 

Self Massage Treatment For Bicep Brachii Shoulder, Elbow Pain

The Trigger Point Workbook can help you resolve muscle pain throughout your body.
Do you know that small knots in the biceps brachii muscle can contribute to pain from the shoulder to the elbow? They can also make it difficult to fully straighten your arm. 

If this pain pattern sounds familiar  I  recommend that you purchase Claire Davies  The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief. Mr. Davies explains the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language.  But what makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled. His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain,  how to find the trigger point and treat it. He also provides stretching and strengthening exercises for each muscle.  It takes time and practice to master finding trigger points, but once you learn you have a tool and method to help relieve muscle pain throughout the body.  If you have unresolved shoulder, arm and elbow pain  it maybe trigger points in the biceps brachii muscles. Deactivating trigger points can reduce or eliminate this pain. This book is a must have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.


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