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Scapular Winging and Neurosomatic Therapy

The most notable characteristic of scapular winging is the tell-tale protrusion of the shoulder blade. Muscle contractions and nerve damage can cause an extreme loss of functionality in the affected arm(s).

  • With scapular winging, the shoulder blade sticks out from the back.

  • Patients may experience difficulty with daily activities and severe loss of function in the arm.

  • Correcting muscle spasms and postural distortions can allow the scapula to return to normal alignment.

  • Neurosomatic Therapy corrects the postural distortion and muscular imbalances to restore functionality and eliminate pain.


Symptoms of Scapular Winging

Scapular winging is a distortion of the proper positioning of the shoulder blade. Scapular winging not only causes pain, but also decreases function in the associated arm. If left untreated, this condition can interfere with normal daily activities such as pulling a shirt on and off and brushing the teeth. Patients may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in Some Cases

  • Noticeable Protrusion of the Scapula

  • Difficulty with Lifting, Pushing, and Pulling Motions

  • Muscle Weakness in the Affected Arm


Causes of Scapular Winging

The scapula, or shoulder blade, has a large number of muscles attaching it to the shoulder joint. These muscles work in tandem to move the arm and keep the shoulder blade firmly attached to the back. Traumatic injury and damage to the nerves in the area can cause any number of muscles in this complex system to malfunction. Poor posture causes strain and spasm in muscles which, in turn, pull the scapula out of alignment. Over time, the misalignment can cause the scapula to detach from the upper ribcage resulting in a winged appearance. If this postural distortion is allowed to continue, the likelihood that the symptoms will become worse is very high.


Corrective Massage Treatment for Scapular Winging

Correcting the posture and musculature of the shoulder joint can allow the scapula to return to a normal position. As muscles are able to relax, the scapula will retract against the back. Additional exercises to strengthen the correct muscles will allow the body to heal and prevent recurrence of the misalignment. There are many factors that can contribute to the muscular imbalances involved in a situation like this but, more importantly, recognizing the postural imbalance, which muscles are involved and applying treatment techniques to normalize the imbalance are vital to eliminating pain.

Neurosomatic Therapy takes a systematic, measurable and efficient approach to postural balance. The basis of Neurosomatic Therapy is an extensive evaluation of posture and a deep understanding about consequences for the body when it deviates from a balanced posture. The combination of these two facets of our work is a powerful tool in alleviating pain.


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Call (727) 347-HEAL (4325) to let one of our expert therapists answer any questions you may have regarding treatment for scapular winging or, contact us with additional questions you may have.