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Anterior Thorax (Chest) – Side Arm – Neuromuscular Massage Protocol

This neuromuscular protocol treats the extrinsic chest muscles of the anterior thorax from a side-arm position. This makes access to the pectoralis minor, subclavius, serratus anterior, and more accessible as the breast tissue is easily draped and to drops out of the way. Link to those muscles for a more complete treatment approach including integrative treatment sequencing.

NOTE: This protocol is for mindful review by an experienced therapist. It is intended for learning with the hands-on training of a professional instructor. One should only do this with the necessary expertise to understand contraindications. Proper techniques are essential for safe and effective treatment.

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This post is an overview of the extrinsic chest muscles.

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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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