Dear Gail, Ice therapy will help to decrease the pain in the rhomboids. Trigger point therapy will also be useful. I know it is hard to reach back to your rhomboid muscles, but if you use a device such as the
BackNobber or the
Theracane- you can work out the
trigger points yourself at home, using as much pressure as you need to.
Gail, it might also be a good idea to see a chiropractor because you may also have a misalignment in your thoracic spine (midback area). They can also do therapy in the office such as ultrasound with
Finally, you may also want to do a rhomboid stretch. In the beginning you maybe in a lot of pain, so start very slowly. Only do the stretch to the point of feeling a stretch, not to the point of pain. Stand in front of a door frame or a pole. Lift your arms in front of you to 90 degrees, grabbing onto the door or pole. Now lean back, letting the pull of your body weight stretch out your rhomboid muscle.
Anyways, I hope this helps you out, and wish you a speedy recovery-
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