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Chronic Right Rhomboid Muscle Pain and Tightness


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Why is that rhomboid muscle pain not going away? The reason might be a slightly distant body part.

In this article: 

  1. What is the Rhomboid Muscle?
  2. Chronic Right Rhomboid Muscle Pain
  3. Referred Gallbladder Pain Test
  4. How to Ease Rhomboid Muscle Pain

Rhomboid Muscle Pain That’s Hard to Relieve


What is the Rhomboid Muscle?

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The rhomboid muscle is located between the scapula and the spine. Its main function is to connect the shoulder blades to the spine and rib cage. This muscle also aids in maintaining a good posture.  


Chronic Right Rhomboid Muscle Pain

Chronic right rhomboid pain and tightness can be alleviated by a good massage, but if the pain and tightness remain, the cause might be somewhere else. The pain is usually felt beneath the neck and between the upper shoulder blades. This could be due to excessive use of the muscles like when you’ve lifted something really heavy or if you’ve bent over incorrectly or intensely. But the pain may also be a symptom of an underlying problem with the gallbladder.

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Referred Gallbladder Pain Test

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To check whether your gallbladder is okay, you can do a simple test:

  • Press your hands underneath the right rib cage, about 2 inches down, and hold them for about 30 seconds. 
  • You might want to feel around the area first and find where the gallbladder is before gently putting a little pressure in the area.  
  • Re-evaluate and see how your neck and back feel. The pain should either decrease significantly or completely go away. 
  • If the upper back pain doesn't disappear, then there is a problem with the gallbladder. 

How to Ease Rhomboid Muscle Pain

In order to address your rhomboid muscle strain, first, there should be a change in your diet. Certain foods aggravate the gallbladder and liver, and avoiding them would be the best relief for the painYou might need to reduce your cruciferous intake, sodium, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. What you should be taking in would be beets, apples, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, and lots of water.

Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Definition: Also known as the bad cholesterol, this is a type of cholesterol that is a contributor to the arteries’ fatty build-up. High levels of bad cholesterol can increase the risk of stroke or heart attack. 


Knowing the root cause of your right rhomboid muscle pain will help you take necessary actions to relieve the aches and tightness in this area. Note that diet change doesn’t guarantee pain relief, especially if there is another existing condition in the muscles or organs. It’s still best to see your doctor for advice.   

Did pressing on your gallbladder relieve your rhomboid muscle pain? Let’s talk in the comments section below.

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Disclaimer: Our educational content is not meant or intended for medical advice or treatment.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 4, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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