Shoulder blade cramps often occur among runners during a run or after. In most cases, the cramps are benign in nature and can be remedied with home measures. Nevertheless, medical care might be necessary to properly diagnose and treat the pain.
Measures to alleviate shoulder blade cramps
Remember that poor posture is the usual cause of shoulder blade cramps while running. If the shoulders are tensed while running, the muscles near the shoulder blade are strained which causes them to cramp. Before running, it is vital to pay close attention to the posture. Make sure that the shoulders are relaxed while running and check if this helps with the cramping.
Even if shoulder blade cramps occur during a run, other activities might be responsible for the discomfort. Slouching in front of a computer or TV all day can lead to poor flexibility in the muscles and result to cramping while running.
Repetitive use of the shoulders while playing video games or overhead work can strain the muscles and trigger pain.
It is recommended to perform simple neck stretching exercises to improve overall flexibility which can help improve the running posture and prevent shoulder blade cramps.
In case the shoulder blade cramps are intense or could not be alleviated by posture changes and stretching, it might be due to another condition. A doctor should be consulted to exclude any serious conditions if the pain is severe or continuous.
What to do for cramping after a run?
If the shoulder blade cramps arise late in the run or after, it might be an indication of overusing the muscles, muscle strain, dehydration or being in one position for prolonged periods of time.
Make sure that the body is properly hydrated before a run to rule out the issue. The pain due to overuse, being in one position for extended periods of time or a strain can be alleviated by gentle stretching, application of an ice pack or anti-inflammatory medication.