Dec 262012

What pain and symptoms are associated with the teres major muscle?

Pain pattern of the teres major muscle.

Teres Major muscle can contribute to pain in the back of the shoulder, upper arm that will sometimes skip the elbow and continue down into the back of the forearm.

  • Pain in the back of the upper arm  when reaching forward and up
  • Sharp pain in the back of the shoulder with aching sensation in the upper arm when resting elbows on a table.
  • Pain in the back of the arm that skips the elbow and continues down to the back of the forearm.

Where is the teres major muscle?

The teres major is located in the upper back. It connects the shoulder blade  to the upper arm.

What movements does the teres major control?

  • Moves arm into toward the body and across the body
  • Brings arm down toward the body when arm is lifted out and away from the body

Activities that cause teres major muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Rowing
  • Throwing or pitching a ball
  • Swimming
  • Chopping wood
  • Driving
  • Exercise that requires pulling up (chin up) or pushing down (push ups) with the arms, or reaching forward or overhead repetitiously

Clinical diagnoses to which the teres major muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Supraspinatus tendinitis
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen shoulder)
  • Subacromial/Subdeltoid bursitis
  • Dislocation of the Glenohumeral joint
  • Charcot’s Joint
  • Post-injection soreness

Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the teres major:

Satellite Trigger Points: Triceps Brachii (long head), Latissimus Dorsi, Posterior Deltoid, Teres Minor,  Subscapularis

Affected Organ Systems: Digestive System

For Detailed Anatomy Information See: Teres Major Muscle Anatomy

Help with Teres Major Muscle Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides soothing heat for teres major pain relief.

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. To relieve teres major pain, rub Sombra all around the back of the shoulder, the shoulder blade area and the back of the upper arm. For arthritic or chronic shoulder pain relieve Sombra can be applied several times a day providing continuing warmth and pain relief.

Cold Gel Therapy for Shoulder Injury and Pain

Biofreeze is recommended for recent teres major muscle injury

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is an excellent pain relieving gel that I use on clients who have sudden onset muscle pain or recent injuries.  Biofreeze Cold Therapy gel works  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. It is great as a maintenance treatment for over use and repetitive use  injuries. Cold gels are better than heat gels on new injuries because like ice they cool and do not contribute to swelling. For teres major pain and injury, rub Biofreeze into the back of the upper arm, shoulder, and shoulder blade area.

Ice Wrap For Shoulder Injury, Teres Major Muscles

Shoulder and Elbow Ice Wrap For Teres Major Injury and Pain

Pro-Ice Shoulder and Elbow Cold Therapy Wrap is great for shoulder injuries involving the teres 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.

Cold and Warm Shoulder Wrap For Teres Major Muscle Pain

Elasto Shoulder Wrap provides hot and cold treatment for teres major muscle pain.

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 with shoulder arthritis pain. Treats shoulder, upper arm, and pectoralis muscles. 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

Self  Treatment For Arm Pain Caused By The Teres Major

The Trigger Point Workbook can help you resolve teres major muscle pain in the shoulder and arm.

Do you know that small “knots” and other dysfunction in the teres major muscle can cause pain in the upper arm going down into the back of the forearm?

If you are suffering from unresolved arm pain you should consider 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. 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. Relieving trigger points in the teres major muscles  have helped many people resolve arm pain issues. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.

The Theracane helps you easily reach and treat the teres major muscle

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 Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, you will need to buy the Theracane to use the treatment methods for the teres major muscle detailed in the book.




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