- 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 (scapula) to the upper arm bone (humerus).
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:
- Throwing or pitching a ball
- Chopping wood
- 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
Cold Gel Therapy for Shoulder Injury and Pain
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 Muscle 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.
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 and Warm Shoulder Wrap 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.
Self Treatment For Shoulder and Arm Pain Caused By The Teres Major
Do you know that small "knots" and other dysfunction in the teres major muscle can cause pain in the back of the shoulder and upper arm which can extend 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 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.