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Hi experts, I am getting soreness between my shoulderblades/spine. Is this common in climbing? Are there exercises to help. I would appreciate advice. Thanks
The Trapezius and Rhomboids Mjr & Mnr are the muscles of the scapulothoracic joint in the area you describe.
There are plenty of exercises to develop both strength and mobility through the shoulder complex. A little time with google with net you tons of reading.
Of course, simply making those muscles stronger may not fix the problem.
Be careful assuming the soreness is just muscle.. Most probably is but...
Perhaps go and see a physio... Forum self diagnosis is a dangerous tool...
Go see a Physio/Clinical Myo
I can think of a multitude potential diagnosis', but your best off having some ortho tests and an assessment to establish the source/treatment/management of the injury.
As above, go see someone with diagnostic skills and get some specific advice. The muscles mentioned are only a small sample of many which can directly (or indirectly) cause pain in the area you describe. Other factors - joints, nerve compression etc etc may also be contributing to your problem. Equally, the soreness you describe may also be being compounded by non-climbing factors too - eg frequent iPad use, poor posture etc etc
If I were you, I'd be looking for a manual therapist of some description, that means either an osteopath, physiotherapist or myotherapist - ie someone with skills in assessment/rehabilitation, as well as manual (hands-on) treatment. The other path you could explore would be a sports doctor, but if the problem is more 'annoying' than 'devastating' then I'd be inclined to seek out a good osteo/physio/myo first.
Ideally you want someone who is either a climber themself or sees a lot of climbers and so has a good understanding of how you use your body and also an appreciation of the passion that we have the vertical world.
Ask around, and see if there's anyone in your area who local climbers swear by. If you're stuck, drop me an EMAIL and I'll see if I can make some suggestions for you. There are one or two people in the Ballarat area I can think of who might be good to approach. Have also got some colleagues up that way who may be able to suggest someone.
Of course, once you know what the problem is, and have an understanding of the contributing factors, then a tailored exercise program (ie one which addresses your specific issues) could be extremely useful in helping address the pain and prevent recurrence. There are literally thousands of shoulder / neck / spine exercises out there, the art (and science) is in selecting the correct ones for your specific situation.
Hope that helps, and good luck in getting it sorted.
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