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Infraspinatus - Trigger Point Anatomy

 

 

The infraspinatus is an important muscle in scapula positioning as it decelerates internal rotation and shoulder flexion

As with each of the other rotator cuff muscles (Supraspinatus, Subscapularis, Teres Minor) the infraspinatus depends upon an efficient core (lumbopelvic-hip complex) to translate the forces required from the lower to the upper limbs.

Clients typically present with deep shoulder pain (in the joint). In some cases pain will also refer to the biceps and down the side of the shoulder, radiating as far as the thumb.

Severe pain in the anterior deltoid and bicipital groove are a common aspect of these trigger points, with pain also experienced in the posterior neck.

Together with the other rotator cuff muscles, these trigger points can cause symptoms that can be easily misdiagnosed as a frozen shoulder.

   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell. 

 

  

   

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Scraping, a manual, ancient practice where pain points are worked with a gua sha (smooth-edged tool), reportedly increases blood flow by up to 400 per cent more than foam rolling and massage guns. By breaking up old, damaged blood vessels to promote new growth and healing, these tools are useful for getting into the nooks and crannies of a pain point, especially in delicate areas like along the shin muscles and under the foot.

Tim Tian has taken the scraper idea and supercharged it, creating a manual, triangular tool that blends heat and vibration therapy. “Cold blades stiffen muscles, blocking a deep release,” he says.

The heated scraper device takes just three seconds to reach 50ºC. This helps muscles soften, making it easier to massage away tension, increase blood flow and promote healing. The scraper is specially great for alleviating delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in the quads, and provides a relaxing switch-up from the foam roller slog.