- Deep ache over the outside of the shoulder area which continues during rest
- Pain down the outside of the arm, occasionally extending down into the wrist
- Can cause clicking or popping in the shoulder joint
- Concentrated pain toward the outside of the elbow
- Pain when lifting the arm overhead
- Difficulty and shoulder pain while shaving the face or combing hair
Where is the supraspinatus muscle?
The supraspinatus lies at the top of the back of the shoulder. It connects the shoulder blade (scapula) to the upper arm bone (humerus). It is one of the four rotator cuff muscles.
What movements does the supraspinatus muscle control?
- Raises the arm out to the side of the body
Activities that cause supraspinatus muscle pain and symptoms:
- Carrying heavy objects with the arm hanging down ie. suitcase, a bucket of paint, etc.
- Working with arms outstretched in front of the body and /or overhead (painting, working at the computer, driving for long periods)
Interesting facts about the supraspinatus:
- A tight supraspinatus along with trigger points in the muscle can cause clicking of the shoulder. This is often diagnosed as bursitis of the shoulder.
- The supraspinatus is one of the four rotator cuff muscles.
Clinical diagnoses to which the supraspinatus muscle symptoms may contribute:
- Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Supraspinatus tendinitis
- Rotator cuff tear
- Rotator cuff tendinitis
- Shoulder sprain / strain
- Shoulder pointer
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Subdeltoid bursitis
- Bicipital tendinitis
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Glenohumeral joint dislocation
- Cervical arthritis or spurs
Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the Supraspinatus:
Satellite Trigger Points: Subscapularis, Infraspinatus, Middle Trapezius, Upper Trapezius, Deltoid, Latissimus Dorsi
Organ Systems Affected: Respiratory and Digestive Systems
For Detailed Anatomy Information See: Supraspinatus Muscle Anatomy
Help with Supraspinatus and Rotator Cuff Muscle Pain and Symptoms
Cold Gel Therapy for Shoulder Rotator Cuff Injury and Pain
Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gelis a cold therapy gel that provides pain relief for new injuries and is great as a maintenance treatment for overuse and repetitive use injuries. Cold therapy should be used instead of heat on new injuries to help reduce inflammation. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer. Biofreeze should be kept on hand for those who stress shoulder and rotator cuff muscles with job or hobby related activities. To treat supraspinatus muscle pain, rub Biofreeze into the front and back of the shoulder, up the neck to the base of the skull, and down the outside (thumb side) of the arm to the wrist.
Ice Wrap For Shoulder Injury, Supraspinatus Rotator Cuff Muscles
Pro-Ice Shoulder and Elbow Cold Therapy Wrap is great for shoulder injuries involving the supraspinatus and other 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 Gel Therapy For Shoulder Pain
Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel is a warming gel that I use every day not only on myself but also on clients. It provides warmth without burning and is better at relieving pain than other over the counter pain creams. For arthritic or chronic shoulder pain relief Sombra can be applied several times a day for continuous pain relief. To relieve supraspinatus muscle pain, rub Sombra around the shoulder, front and back, going up the neck to the base of the skull. If the arm is continues to ache after treatment, rub Sombra into the tight and painful areas of the arm.
Hot and Cold Shoulder Wrap
Elasto-Gel Hot Cold Shoulder Wrap works well for those who need a wrap that provides both heat and cold therapy. This is a great wrap for people suffering from arthritis pain in the shoulder. Treats frozen shoulder, rotator cuff pain and deltoid muscles which can be affected by the supraspinatus. The wrap is gel which allows it to mold to the chest, shoulder and upper arm comfortably.
Self Treatment For Supraspinatus Muscle and Frozen Shoulder
The Frozen Shoulder Workbook: Trigger Point Therapy for Overcoming Pain and Regaining Range of Motion is a book to consider if you are suffering from frozen shoulder or unresolved shoulder pain. Co-author Claire Davies bout with frozen shoulder led him to research trigger point therapy and use the methodology to resolve his pain and regain the range of motion in his shoulder and arm. In his book, Davies explains adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) in layman's language.
Many people have used the treatment methods to overcome frozen shoulder. For others, it is a tool to help them manage their pain and maintain movement. There are a few for which the methods do not help, however, even many of these people recommend the book for a better understanding of the condition and to help formulate questions and discussion with medical professionals.
The Theracane Massager is a self-treatment massage tool for use on those hard to reach areas on the neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs. If you are considering buying the book The Frozen Shoulder Workbook, you will need to buy the Theracane to use the treatment methods detailed in the book.