Scapulothoracic Myofascial Release

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Scapulothoracic Myofascial Release

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  1. The patient lies in the lateral recumbent position, and the physician stands facing the patient at the side of the table.
  2. The physician’s right or left hand is placed over the patient’s right shoulder, anchoring the clavicle with the webbing of the thumb/index finger. The physician’s finger pads contact the superior medial angle of the scapula.
  3. The physician adds a gentle compression into the tissues to gain access and control of the patient’s scapulothoracic articulation and its related myofascial components. The physician next takes the scapula inferior/caudal, superior/cephalad, clockwise/counterclockwise and evaluates the ease-bind barrier relationship
  4. Next, the physician carries the scapulothoracic articulation toward the spinal midline and then draws the scapula laterally and assesses these ease-bind barriers 
  5. The physician determines the motion of restriction and the holds it there for 20-60 seconds, or until a release is felt.
  6. When a release is palpated, the physician should do a passive stretch into the barrier

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