Friday, September 23, 2011
Technique Highlight: Pec Minor Release
I often refer to the pec minor as the "psoas" of the upper quarter. It has similar tonic qualities in a muscle imbalance, pulling the scapula into an anterior tilt.
- cause peripheral neuropathic pain syndrome of the upper limb
- contribute to rotator cuff impingement by placing the rotator cuff at a mechanical disadvantage
- promote forward head causing cervical derangement and/or dysfunction
- cause prolonged strain from creep stretch of the upper trap, causing TrPs and potentially tension HA
The release is as effective as it is uncomfortable. Movement based release is more effective, but also more painful. Remember, education is key! Test and retest function, strength, cervical/shoulder ROM prior to and after treatment.