Tag: oitf-thoracic-outlet

Self-Care – Seated Stretches for Stiff, Swollen Hands

Here are some specific stretches that have been recommended by many sources over the years. Clinical experience has proven them to be effective for helping people who awaken with stiff and swollen hands. The anterior andContinue reading

Scalenes – Treatment Protocol

Scalenes are a sensitive and, often, complicated treatment approach. There are a number of things that need to be done so that the treatment is effective, longer-lasting and more comfortable for the client. Here isContinue reading

Therapy Notes – Scalenes

Palpation Structural anomalies are common in the scalenes. Developed palpation skills are needed to reach the proper belly for assessment and treatment. Be aware that the lateral tip of the cervical transverse process is bluntContinue reading

Self Care – Stiff, Swollen Hands in the Morning

Stiff and swollen hands are usually a problem when one sleeps on their back (as is often recommended) with their arms by their side. Some people avoid this problem, as well as “numbing and tinglingContinue reading

Trigger Points – Pain in the upper back, index finger and thumb

The scalene muscles produce several different problems from the torso into the arm and hand, but this is the most common complaint. Client’s Description People complain about pain just inside of the shoulder blade, and inContinue reading

Scalene Muscles – Functional Anatomy

Scalene Muscles Scalenes are 3 (sometimes 4) muscles on either side of the neck. The 3 common bellies are name for their position; scalenus anterior, scalenus medius, scalenus posterior. The anomaly is called scalenus minimus.TheyContinue reading

Subclavius- Functional Anatomy

Subclavius Subclavius mostly assists in the protraction of the shoulder by depressing the clavicle. Origin -anterior costal cartilage of the first rib Insertion – medial inferior aspect of the clavicle Function – depresses the clavicleContinue reading

Pectoralis Minor – Functional Anatomy

Pectoralis Minor 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. Studies for breastContinue reading

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

Client’s Description 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 elicitedContinue reading

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

Client’s Description 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 aContinue reading