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Stretching for Pain Relief - Pectoralis Major and Minor

Posted by Judith Winer on

Pectoralis Major Trigger Points

 

TECHNIQUE

Sit on the ground and have a partner stand behind you. Reach behind with both arms and have the partner (gently) further extend your arms.

MUSCLES BEING STRETCHED

Primary muscles: Pectoralis major and minor. Anterior deltoid.
Secondary muscles: Biceps brachii. Brachialis. Brachioradialis. Coracobrachialis.

INJURY WHERE STRETCH MAY BE USEFUL

Dislocation. Subluxation. Acromioclavicular separation. Sternoclavicular separation. Impingement syndrome. Rotator cuff tendonitis. Shoulder bursitis. Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis). Biceps tendon rupture. Bicepital tendonitis. Biceps strain. Chest strain. Pectoral muscle insertion inflammation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR PERFORMING THIS STRETCH CORRECTLY

Keep your palms facing outward and your arms slightly above parallel to the ground.

TRIGGER POINTS

Trigger points in the Pectoralis muscles are common and often develop as a result of poor posture or overload (sports, weight-lifting).

The pectoralis major can develop multiple trigger points. These typically refer pain across the anterior deltoid and down the lateral aspect of the arm into the thumb and fourth and fifth digits.

These trigger points may, in rare cases, mimic the symptoms of angina. Pain from these trigger points can also be felt as interscapular and subscapular pain.

 

 

 

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This Trigger Point Therapy blog and the information on this website is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell.

 

 

 

 

 

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