Managing Rhomboid Muscle Pain: What Activities Can Help?

Chronic or recurrent episodes of rhomboid muscle pain can be a difficult condition to manage. It is important to identify activities that may be beneficial in managing this type of pain. To begin, it is important to identify activities that may be causing the pain and stop or modify them until the muscles have healed. For example, if playing tennis or rowing causes pain, it may be beneficial to switch to running or biking instead.

Incessant head and neck pain (UHNP) is a common phenomenon in headache medicine and can be observed in the context of many well-defined types of headaches. The prevalence of UHNP is unclear, and establishing the presence of UHNP may require careful questioning during repeated patient visits. The cause of UHNP in some patients may be the compression of the minor and major occipital nerves by the posterior cervical muscles and their fascial junctions in the occipital crest, with subsequent local perineural inflammation. The resulting pain is usually in the suboccipital and occipital locations and, through the anatomical connections between the extracranial and intracranial nerves, can radiate frontally to the areas of the head innervated by the trigeminal nerve.

Frontal radiation can present migraine-like characteristics of photophobia and nausea. Occipital allodynia is common, as is cervical muscle spasm.Patients with UHNP may include a subgroup of chronic migraine, as well as chronic tension headache, new persistent daily headache, and cervicogenic headache. Centrally acting membrane stabilizing agents, which are often ineffective for CM, are generally ineffective for UHNP. Extracranially targeted treatments, such as occipital nerve blocks, cervical trigger point injections, botulinum toxin and monoclonal antibodies directed to the peptide related to the calcitonin gene, which act mainly in the periphery, may provide more substantial relief from UHNP; in addition, decompression of the occipital nerves by muscle compression and fascial relief is effective in some patients and can cause lasting pain relief.

More studies are needed to determine the prevalence of UHNP and to understand the role of occipital nerve compression in UHNP and occipital nerve decompression surgery in chronic head and neck pain.These studies also shed light on the functional implications of this anatomy, demonstrating that the stimulation of the pericranial muscles caused the intracranial release of the CGRP. Manual pressure will decrease the sensitivity of the painful nodule in the muscle, while other massage techniques will mobilize and stretch contracted muscle fibers.

Rhomboid pain

, also known as interscapular pain between the shoulder blade and spine, can even reach the base of the neck or to the middle of back.The authors indicated that lack of decompression in the semispinal capitis muscle could have been a cause for recurrence of pain. An alternative approach to treating people with shoulder problems is treatment aimed at inactivating myofascial trigger points (MTRPs) and eliminating factors that perpetuate them.

Therefore, a randomized clinical trial will be conducted on the effect of physiotherapy interventions aimed at inactivating MTRPs on pain and alteration of shoulder function in a population of chronic atraumatic shoulder patients.Physical activities that involve trapezius and other cervical muscles such as flexing cervix or turning head can exacerbate pain. Rhomboids are responsible for shoulder lift and downward rotation when it comes to muscular actions. Taken together these studies demonstrate extensive interconnections between intracranial and extracranial spaces and establish anatomical and functional pathways through which an extracranial trigger in head or neck can cause activation of intracranial meningeal nociceptors causing not only headache but also activation of central processes that can cause migraine-like symptoms such as photophobia and nausea. Each treatment session should end with application of heat to increase circulation of muscles involved.