Upper Back and Shoulder Massage
Back massage is really important, it consist of one of the largest muscle in our body, the Trapezius.
The Trapezius muscle consists of three parts – upper, middle and lower part . This muscle covers quite a big surface on your upper back. The upper part runs from your cervical spine down to your collarbone while the middle part originates from the first four of your thoracic vertebra and attaches at your acromion – the bony landmark the top and very outside of your shoulder. The lower part runs from the rest of your thoracic spine to your spine of scapula. That is the bony and horizontal line that you can feel on your shoulder blade.
The Trapezius muscle is troubling so many people you just cannot imagine. It may be responsible for your headache, stiff neck, upper back aches, shoulder aches and even posture problems.
With too much tension in this muscle you may experience stiff neck, and hinder your rotation of the head from side to side.
Every structure in the body — organs, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, etc. — is covered in a layer of fascia. It’s almost akin to oil in your car’s engine — it allows everything to run smoothly and slide without friction. Through the over stress of our muscles, whether through overuse or trauma, our layers of fascia can get tears in them. When the tears don’t heal properly, the various layers of fascia in your body can adhere together in spots (called adhesion), which will cause pain and discomfort. These adhesion keep your muscles from working the way they’re supposed to, which keeps your body from living up to its potential for strong and natural movement.
Stress and overload leading to acute injury or repetitive strain injury can be caused by habitually repeated movements or even by chronically sustained body positions. As the body adjusts to these problems compensations occur which force the body’s segments out of their proper positions.
Fixing your posture and over-use problems should go hand in hand with massage treatment. Keep in mind that there are conditions that help bring trigger points on. Fixing the trigger points without addressing the underlying conditions will be a temporary fix, at best.
Massages targeting the trigger points in one muscle can send pain to a surprisingly wide area or to areas you wouldn’t expect. It’s possible for trigger points in the back to send pain towards your arm, shoulder and scapular. When we put pressure on these adhesion and trigger points, they are released, and we can get back to optimal physical performance.
Upper body massages, in addition to releasing these adhesion, massages also has some general benefits for our bodies, in many cases a trained professional may be a better option.
It aids in preventing injuries and gets rid of knots and tightness in your muscles, it helps to physically release stresses off your body so it can work more efficiently. Frequent massages increases flexibility, increases blood flow, which accelerate recovery and reduces soreness from workouts and daily living.