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The Deltoid Muscles

Having a strong set of deltoid muscles is important for a variety of different activities. These muscles are responsible for supporting your shoulder joint and giving you a range of motion. They can also help you do things such as lift objects, make bed, and carry groceries. Having strong deltoids can help prevent future injuries and discomfort.

The muscle is composed of three functional parts. The anterior, lateral, and posterior deltoids allow you to perform flexion, extension, and abduction. These muscles are each connected to one another by short, strong muscle fibers. They are also separated into insertion points. Each insertion point is located on different parts of the shoulder, which helps stabilize the joint.

If you've been experiencing pain in your arm, you may have a deltoid injury. You should contact a qualified professional to determine the severity of your injury. This will ensure that you get the proper treatment and prevent further damage.

The acromial part of the deltoid muscle is the largest and strongest. This part originates from the anterior border of the clavicle. The insertion point is also on the clavicle. The subacromial/subdeltoid bursa lies between the acromion and the supraspinatus tendon.

The deltoid is a large triangular-shaped muscle that is found over several joints in the shoulder. Its main purpose is to provide roundness to the shoulder. It overlies several other muscles and structures, including the biceps brachii, triceps brachii, and coracoacromial ligament.

If you're experiencing a strain in your deltoid, you should try to limit the activity. Overuse can cause the muscles to swell and become inflamed. It's important to reduce inflammation by using over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. You should also rest the area. This can help your muscle heal, but you'll need to rehabilitate it in order to restore full range of motion.

If you have a mild injury, you can use ice or a heating pad to reduce swelling. You may also need to modify your exercise routine. You can also start to do stretches to strengthen your muscles and help protect them from further damage.

If you have a more severe muscle tear, you may experience a wide range of symptoms. This may include bruising, swelling, and weakness in your arm. Depending on the injury, you may be unable to lift your arm at all. You'll also need to reduce the intensity of your workouts and decrease the duration of your sports practices. This will help you to ease back into your activities.

You can also do exercises to strengthen your deltoids. These exercises are designed to strengthen your shoulder and improve your range of motion but should be performed with caution and after taking sound professional advice. 

For a more intense workout, you can do bent-over rowing or upright rowing or try a program based on resistance bands or free weights where you can carefully monitor your progress with incremental increases in weight.


Deltoid Anatomy and Trigger Points  - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner 


Pain in the Deltoids is most often mistaken for bursitis or a rotator cuff injury

The deltoid, along with supraspinatus and associated rotator cuff muscles, will regularly develop myofascial trigger points as result of reduced core efficiency.

Failure to translate forces from the lower body to the shoulder will result in arthrokinematic stress and the formation of active myofascial trigger points.

Pain is felt as a dull ache for the most part, with increased pain on contraction of the muscle or when attempts are made to move the arm.

Pain is most often mistaken for bursitis or rotator cuff injury. It is worthwhile checking the muscles that refer pain into the deltoid (SITS, pectorals, and scalenes) as the true source of deltoid pain.

Deltoid myofascial trigger points are more often than not satellite myofascial trigger points.


Deltoid Trigger Points



The deltoid is composed of three parts: anterior, middle, and posterior. Only the middle part is multipennate, probably because its mechanical disadvantage of abduction of the shoulder joint requires extra strength.


Clavicle, acromion process, and spine of scapula.


Deltoid tuberosity situated halfway down lateral surface of shaft of humerus.


Anterior fibers: flex and medially rotate humerus.
Middle fibers: abduct humerus at shoulder joint (only after the movement has been initiated by supraspinatus).

Posterior fibers: extend and laterally rotate humerus.Antagonist: latissimus dorsi.


Axillary nerve, C5, 6, from posterior cord of brachial plexus.

Basic Functional Movement

Examples: reaching for something out to the side; raising arm to wave.

Trigger Point Referred Pain Patterns

Generally refer pain localized to trigger point and within a 5–10 cm zone.




Trigger Point Therapy Treatment Techniques 

Spray and Stretch YES
Dry Needling YES
Wet Needling YES
Deep Stroking Massage YES
Compression YES
Muscle Energy Techniques YES
Positional Release YES



Post-trauma rehabilitation, shoulder pain, decreased range of motion (especially in abduction), shoulder pain which worsens with motion and eases at rest, reduced range of motion and some loss of strength above 90 degrees.


Swimming, weight lifting, soccer (blows), basketball, jerky and vigorous repetitive movements, fishing, power tools, sudden blows, rifle rebound, skiing falls, injections into shoulder, dislocations, holding small baby.

Differential Diagnosis

Impingement syndromes. Sub-acromial bursitis. C5 radiculopathy. Rotator cuff tendinopathy. Osteoarthritis of glenohumeral or acromioclavicular joint.


Supraspinatus, infraspinatus, biceps brachii, teres minor, subscapularis, pectoralis major (clavicular head), rotator cuff issues, tendonitis, arthritis, C5 nerve issues, neck problems, often satellite trigger points from other problems (e.g. scalenes, pectoralis major), long head biceps brachii tendon problems.



Shoulder Massage and Acupuncture For Deltoid Muscle Pain

Whether you've experienced a shoulder injury or are suffering from chronic pain, a shoulder massage can help to relieve your pain. This therapy can improve the flexibility and mobility of your shoulder, and decrease your stress levels. By promoting relaxation and increasing blood circulation, it can also reduce muscle tension.

Shoulder massage is a non-pharmacological therapeutic intervention that increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, reducing inflammation and preventing injury. Using a foam roller can also help to ease your shoulder pain. A foam roller should be placed under the armpit of your affected arm, and you can roll back and forth to try and help loosen and relax the shoulder muscles.

Acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine, is used often to treat shoulder pain. Acupuncture uses needles to stick into points in the body, usually located in distant areas, and stimulates your body's natural healing processes. This process releases endorphins and serotonin, which help to relax your body.

Acupuncture can also be used to combat shoulder pain caused by arthritis. Acupuncture is a form of alternative treatment that can be performed by a number of health professionals, including chiropractors, physical therapists, and physicians. The practice of acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, and it's become increasingly popular in Western culture. Always be sure to check the credentials of your therapist or physician and ensure that they are qualified and licensed to use needles.

During a shoulder massage, the person giving the massage will often use small, gentle motions with their arms to loosen and relax the muscles. During the session, the person should change their focus periodically, so that they can focus on different areas of their body.

The aim of a shoulder massage is to relax and stop the signal to your brain that tells your body that something is wrong. This stops your brain from interpreting the signal as pain. When the signal is stopped, your body will naturally reduce its level of cortisol, a stress hormone. It will also increase your body's levels of dopamine, a chemical that helps your body relax.

There are a number of other benefits to a shoulder massage. This type of massage can increase the temperature of the muscles, which increases their elasticity, and improves their flexibility. It can also increase the flow of lymph, which is important for clearing waste products from your body.

During the massage, acupressure is often used. Acupressure is the process of applying pressure to specific trigger points, or muscular knots, to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the shoulder. Activating these trigger points will encourage the body's natural healing process, which will lead to a reduction in pain.

Shoulder massage can also improve your range of movement. This is important if you plan to do strenuous activities, such as a sport or dancing. If you do these activities on a regular basis, your shoulder could become stiff and sore.

It is important to avoid a frozen shoulder. This condition can worsen if left untreated. The best way to prevent this condition is to stay active and to follow your physician's or therapists advice. If you have a frozen shoulder, a good shoulder massage can sometimes help to ease the pain. You should consult your physician before trying to do any sort of massage on your shoulder. Then do your research to find the most appropriately qualified therapist for you. Not all therapists have the same levels of skill, experience and knowledge. 

Dry Needling (IMS) for Deltoid Muscle Pain

Using a dry needling procedure to relieve pain and improve range of motion may be a helpful treatment for patients with chronic shoulder pain. The procedure involves inserting a thin needle into a trigger point, which is an irritable knot in a muscle. The needle helps release metabolic waste chemicals, which promotes healing. The muscles and joints will then be provided with oxygenated blood, which reduces the tightness of the muscles and restores function.

There are several causes of shoulder pain. Repetitive overhead motions and muscle imbalances may be the culprits. There are also other techniques, such as therapeutic exercises, which can be used to improve range of motion. The use of a dry needling procedure can decrease pain and promote healing in the affected shoulder muscles.

Dry needling is a medical procedure that releases lactic acid from the muscles. It also stimulates mechanoreceptors, which help promote the flow of oxygenated blood to the injured area. The use of a needle is usually performed once per muscle.


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This 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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