Fainting when my shoulders are pressed/squeezed
March 4, 2011 5:06 AM Subscribe
Why do I faint when someone presses on or squeezes the tops of my shoulders (on my trapezius)?
posted by neushoorn to health & fitness (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This has happened several times over the past 10-15 years. It usually happens when a person does one strong, sudden movement; for example, giving the tops of my shoulders a hard squeeze (especially if I'm not lying down).
But it has also happened when a person has applied sustained pressure to the area. For example, during a recent chair massage, the therapist was applying a lot of pressure by repeatedly pressing her thumb down onto my trapezius muscles; I was fine while she was doing one shoulder, but after she started on the other, the feeling that I was about to faint came on very suddenly.
It may be worth mentioning that my shoulders are definitely my "problem area" as far as back/shoulder/neck pain goes. The muscles are almost always tight, and require a lot of massaging to loosen up.
I almost always experience a vasovagal syncope when dealing with blood, veins, injections, eye exams, etc. Is this just another example of a vasovagal syncope, or is there a more specific reason that pressure on that specific area would make me faint?