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Neck and Shoulder Pain

When the serratus anterior and rhomboids are stuck in a stretched position, it typically means that these muscles are experiencing chronic lengthening without adequate strength or support. This can occur due to various reasons such as poor posture, repetitive movements, or muscle imbalances.

Here's what happens:

Serratus Anterior: This muscle is located on the side of the chest and is responsible for stabilizing the shoulder blade (scapula) against the rib cage. When the serratus anterior is stuck in a stretched position, it can become weak and overstretched. This can lead to instability in the shoulder joint, causing issues with shoulder movement and function.

Rhomboids: The rhomboids are muscles located between the shoulder blades on the upper back. They are responsible for retracting the shoulder blades and maintaining proper posture. When the rhomboids are stuck in a stretched position, it can lead to weakness and poor posture. This can result in rounded shoulders, forward head posture, and increased risk of shoulder and neck pain.

When both the serratus anterior and rhomboids are stuck in a stretched position, it can create an imbalance in the shoulder girdle and surrounding musculature. This imbalance can lead to compensatory movements and overuse of other muscles, further exacerbating the problem.

Cupping therapy and acupuncture are alternative treatment modalities that may provide some relief and support in addressing muscle imbalances and related issues like those involving the serratus anterior and rhomboid.  

Here's how they might help:

Cupping Therapy

  • Cupping involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This suction can help increase blood flow to the area, which may promote healing and reduce muscle tension.

  • By increasing blood flow, cupping therapy may help alleviate muscle stiffness and tightness in the serratus anterior, rhomboids, and surrounding muscles.

  • Cupping can also help release fascial restrictions, which are connective tissue restrictions that can contribute to muscle imbalances and movement dysfunctions.


  • Acupuncture entails delicately inserting thin needles into precise points on the body to activate the functions of the myofascial network, muscles, and energy pathways (qi), fostering the body's natural healing processes.

  • Acupuncture may help reduce pain and inflammation associated with muscle imbalances and overuse injuries.

  • By targeting specific acupuncture points related to muscle function and meridians associated with the affected muscles, acupuncture may help improve muscle tone and balance.

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