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Subscapularis – Neuromuscular Massage Protocol

This protocol treats the subscapularis in the side-lying position. It is also common to treat it supine with their ipsilateral hand behind the head to open the axilla. A more complete treatment protocol can be found in the post on treatment notes for subscapularis.

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This is the largest and strongest muscle in the shoulder. It is in the middle of some complicated structural relationships. Read more in this post about the anatomy of the subscapularis.


This routine is from The WorkBook of Classical Neuromuscular Therapy. Created at the ASHA School of Massage, it has trained thousands of therapists for more than 15 years.

These routines are intended for mindful review by bodywork professionals and are not appropriate as self-care for non-professionals. Self-injury could occur.

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