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Pectoralis Minor – Functional Anatomy

Pectoralis minor is a fan-shaped muscle in the front of the shoulder that secures the lateral angle of the scapula to the rib cage. Superficially, it is covered by the pectoralis major. Origin – ribs 3-5. dissections show that it commonly attaches to the second rib and, occasionally attaches to the 6th rib. Insertion – the medial …

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Pectoralis Major – Functional Anatomy

Dissection studies show that the pectoralis major varies dramatically. There are commonly 2-5 laminates, sometimes 6 or 7, and sometimes the entire pectoralis is missing (Poland Syndrome). Also, the overlap of sections varies among studies. The variation illustrated here is common and I used it because, well, it was fun to illustrate and shows how differently …

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Using the anatomy illustrations to assess restrictions.

I have taken on a new project to teach anatomy for yoga. I am in the process of building an anatomy section for a quicker, practical understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology. I will be expanding my posts on the origin, insertion, function and trapped bones.  When I talk to yoga teachers, the illustrations seem …

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Trigger Points – Tender, Sensitive Breasts

Client Description Women complain of fibrocystic nodules in the breast tissue and tenderness. Men and women both complain of a hypersensitive nipple. The illustration shows a solid area, but the reports are about sensitivity or nodules that are more localized within that area. This trigger point is aggravated by persistent or abrupt motions that stretch the …

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Trigger Points – Pain in front of shoulder when reaching out to the side

Client’s Description People complain of pain in the front of the shoulder when reaching to the side while their arm is at shoulder level. It is easy to adapt movement to avoid this unless there is a specific activity like holding the passenger seat while driving. This problem can be aggravated by carrying a backpack. The straps create …

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Trigger Points – Hard to Resolve Forearm Pain

Pain across the chest and down the arm is similar to the sensations of heart attack. Most of my clients have already checked with their heart specialist and tests show that they are OK. People with these symptoms need to check with a medical doctor before getting bodywork that may mask important indicators. People usually complain …

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Trigger Points – Pain Along the Collar Bone and Down the Arm

People seldom have any part of this pattern as their primary complaint, but when they do, it is usually biceps pain. When this is a problem, the entire pattern can usually be elicited by pressing up under the collar-bone near the sternum. It is surprisingly intense for a pattern that is seldom a part of …

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Trigger Points – Pain in the Front of Shoulder When Lifting Arm

People complain of pain in the front of the shoulder when lifting the elbow above the shoulder or back at shoulder level. This pain is less distinct and focused unless the person has a specific activity that they need to do and cannot adapt to their movement. For instance, one case was a weightlifting enthusiast who …

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