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Anterior Thorax Supine – Neuromuscular Massage Protocol

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Pectoralis Minor – Massage Therapy Notes

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Self-Care – Hard to Resolve Forearm Pain

This problem in the forearm comes out of trigger points in the sternal division of the pectoralis major muscle in the chest. Change these activities: Avoid activities where you push your arm(s) together in front of you. This typically involves exercises like pec deck machines and chest flys. Most people don’t associate forearm pain with …

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Pectoralis Major – Massage Therapy Notes

The pectoralis major is a broad, fan-shaped muscle made of flat overlapping strips that covers the anterior ribs. Pecs are often the victim of cervical problems. They are innervated by the brachial plexus and are intertwined with THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME. They also perpetuate THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME by holding pectoralis minor short, which entraps the brachial …

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Self-Care – Pain in the Front of Shoulder when Reaching to the Side

This is a problem in the clavicular division of the pectoralis major muscle, which is in the chest, just beside the shoulder that hurts. Change your activities: First, try to correct the perpetuating activity of wearing a backpack. Often, that is not possible as it is a part of the activities of daily living. Also, avoid …

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

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Thoracic Outlet – Functional Anatomy

The anatomy of thoracic outlet structures is complex in several ways. First, many of the bones are both origin and insertion for muscles. Second, several of the muscles have statistically significant variations in cadaver studies. Here, you will find a brief overview of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome followed by a walk-through of the structures from back …

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Extrinsic Chest Muscles – Functional Anatomy

The anatomy of the extrinsic chest muscles is more complicated than the first glance suggests. They originate on the front of the axial skeleton and insert on the upper extremity. Generally speaking, they protract the scapula and draw the humerus toward the midline. This arrangement gets a little more complicated with the pectoralis major. The …

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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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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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