Scapular & Shoulder Pain

RapidForce Star Shape - Muscle Support & Pain Relief System

RapidForce® Shapes stabilize and support the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the scapular. The Star Shape is designed to reduce swelling by gently lifting the skin above the pain point, which can help circulate blood, oxygen, fluids, and nutrients to an injury site.

Also known as the shoulder blades, the scapulae are the triangular plates on either side of the upper back that help stabilize the shoulders’ ball-and-socket joint system. The scapulae are essential for many arm movements and overhead motions, such as those made in baseball, volleyball, weightlifting, and basketball.

Pain in the shoulder blades can also be symptomatic of pre-existing pain or injury in the neck, spine, shoulder, or rotator cuff. More generally, shoulder blade pain may be the result of improper lifting technique, poor posture, and overuse of the arms or torso.

Shoulder blade pain can feel like a burning, tingling, sharp ache or pain, or tenderness in the upper back. Athletes managing scapular pain also describe weakness, tightness, stiffness, limited range of motion in the shoulder or arm, and the feeling that the arm is “dead.”

The RapidForce® Star Shape is designed to help relieve these types of pains in the shoulder blades, especially those resulting from strains or overuse. The Star Shape’s central core adheres to the skin directly above the point in the scapular with the most pain, “which stabilizes the strained muscle.” The six arms are stretched outwards, which creates structural support for the surrounding muscle, tendons, tissue, and ligaments. Critically, the Star Shape also provides mechanical lift, which gently lifts the upper layers of skin, creating additional space for blood to flow and pain-relieving oxygen, nutrients, and fluids to reach the injury site.

RapidForce® Shapes are unlike any other pain-relief product on the market today. Each Shape’s patented design was carefully developed and perfected by a team of physical therapists, athletic trainers, engineers, and an ultrasound technician who sought to create a product that supports the muscles and helps relieve pain caused by muscle, tendon, joint, and ligament injuries. RapidForce® Shapes are used by athletes at all levels, including professional athletes, semi-pro athletes, and people who lead or want to lead an active lifestyle.

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Disclaimer: Please see your medical professional with any kind of pain. Pain could be an indication of a serious condition. RapidForce® Shapes are not meant to replace professional medical advice, professional treatment, or a professional treatment plan.

RapidForce Shapes for Scapular Pain

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Application Instructions

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Time it Right

While RapidForce® Shapes can be applied at any time, they should be applied 1–2 hours before beginning strenuous physical activity. The Shapes can start working is as little as two hours, but some applications take up to four hours.

Prep Skin Thoroughly

Wash and dry the skin to remove oils, moisture, and dirt. Trim or shave body hair; this helps create a more secure bond and more comfortable removal. Apply the provided Skin Tac liquid adhesive wipe. Allow 30 seconds for it to dry.

Customize Stretch

Secure the Shape’s central core to the most painful spot. For daily wear or moderate-to-light athletics, a mild stretch of 1/2” is ideal. Application instructions vary based on Shape, so read and follow the instructions mailed with your shape(s).

Secure Bond

With both the Shape and the skin at room temperature, carefully begin applying the shape. Once the shape is secure, rub it vigorously to maximize adhesive bond to skin.

  1. 1. Locate the inner edge of the shoulder blade

    1. Locate the inner edge of the shoulder blade

  2. 1. Locate the inner edge of the shoulder blade

    2. Apply the center of the Star Shape

    Peel off the adhesive's backing of the central core of the Star Shape and place along the edge of the shoulder blade with the short arms oriented across the body. Press to secure the bond.

  3. 1. Locate the inner edge of the shoulder blade

    3. Apply the arms - 1/2" Stretch

    Peel off the middle backing of one of the arms of the Star Shape, leaving the end tab in place. While stabilizing the central core with one hand, customize stretch based on the intensity of your activity and place straight out from the center. Smooth the fabric onto the skin, moving from the central core of the Star Shape outwards. Remove the backing from the end tab and place on the skin. Do not stretch this small piece. Press over the entire arm of the shape for about 10 seconds to secure the bond. Repeat for the remaining arms.

  4. 1. Locate the inner edge of the shoulder blade

    4. Feel Relief and Remove

    You may begin feeling relief within a few hours. However, it could take up to 24 hours. RapidForce shapes can provide pain relief and muscle support for up to five days but can be removed at any time. To remove, pull from the end of the arms to the center. If hair is present, pull in the direction of the hair’s growth to reduce discomfort. For easier removal, use mild warm water in the shower and then remove the shape slowly.