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What Does It Feel Like To Have A Pulled Muscle In Your Shoulder Blade?

What Does It Feel Like To Have A Pulled Muscle In Your Shoulder Blade?

As a general rule it is known since many years ago that when a muscle is tensed, or when this structure increases its muscular tone, the tension goes to the bones that are inserted. If these bones are sufficiently fixed either by their articulation with other bones or by their postural location, they can absorb a large part of the tension and in some cases its totality, if the tension is excessive, this will make structural modifications in the bone tissue itself.

When a muscle is inserted somewhere in the bony contour, its traction on it will be transmitted to another muscle inserted at another end of the bone, in other words, it is not that the tension of the first muscle stresses the bone and this makes a tension into another muscle, but the muscle A tension proportionally displaces the bone and through this movement will cause an increase in muscle B tension, in such a way that it would form a chain, in this case we would not be talking about muscle chains, but musculoskeletal chains.

What Does It Feel Like To Have A Pulled Muscle In Your Shoulder Blade?

Although this happens in a large part of the body or practically the whole, the shoulder blade or scapula is a bone that chains the tensions of different muscles that imply changes in the location of the segments: from the scapula to the head, from the scapula to the spine, from the scapula to the pelvis, from the scapula to the arm and from the scapulae to each other.

The conical muscular tensions of the muscular chains that are transmitted on a determined point of a bone through the insertions of these remove flexibility on the bone and increase its rigidity.

Shoulder Blade`s Anatomy:

The shoulder blade or scapula is a triangular flat bone, whose right angle is located in the upper and inner part, a little below this angle is born what is called the spine of the scapula which is a strong and bone formation that runs through it.1 All the width of its upper third that curves out from the back of the scapula and projects in its parabola forward ending in the shoulder area, joining the clavicle, in this way we can distinguish two main parts of this bone.

In the superior and external angle it thickens forming a cavity called glena, which is the one that is going to articulate with the humerus forming the joint of the shoulder itself.

A Brief Description Of The Main Muscles Is As Follows:

The angular of the scapula is the muscle that gives the support that offers the clavicle in front; of course it has the ability to produce movements of the scapula because it leads to the clavicle in its capacity of voluntary contraction against a bone that only offers the possibility of being a passive supporter.

The upper and outer fibers of the trapeze are much more than a bundle of fibers, we could say that it is one of the “big” fibers of the posterior part of the body and not only because of its size but because of its multiple insertions, fiber directions and actions.

Another muscle is the serratus greater or anterior is inserted from the front back into the first ten ribs and from that immense surface is going to be inserted along the entire anterior lip of the inner edge of the scapula.

The rhomboid muscle joins the inner edge of the scapula to the dorsal column, the fibers of this muscle cover the ribs without inserting themselves in them, since it is dedicated to the mobility of the scapula.

The pectoralis minor is the only muscle that connects to the scapula starting from the anterior part of the thorax.


This bone is of vital importance in the behavior of a person’s posture, and its location in the body, will do no more than describe moods, expression of feelings, pathologies and consequent pain, when the shoulder blade is not located in the body place that corresponds, either unilaterally or bilaterally.


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 13, 2019

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