Subscapularis is one of the Rotator Cuff muscles (along with Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, and Teres Minor) responsible for rotation and stability of the shoulder (glenohumeral) joint. The subscapularis provides for arm motions such as rotation towards the belly (internal rotation) and pulling of the arm in towards the body (adduction).
Trigger points in the subscapularis can cause pain or discomfort in the area of the shoulder blade, along the back of the upper arm, the top of the shoulder, and even into the wrist, with the primary area at the back of the shoulder directly behind the joint. This discomfort can present problems when performing actions such as throwing a ball, or applying deodorant to the opposite armpit.
At home care includes regular stretching to avoid prolonged shortening of the muscle throughout the day and night -a favorite is the "doorway stretch" and another is the "monkey stretch." Although the subscapularis can be a difficult muscle to access due to its position on the inner surface of the shoulder blade (scapula), trigger point therapy can be an especially effective remedy for alleviating these trigger points and restoring range of motion and function to the shoulder.
Have you been diagnosed with "frozen shoulder," "adhesive capsulitis," or "pitcher's arm" but haven't been able to find relief? Give us a call, we may be able to help you. Call us at The Great Escape in Chadron 308.432.4558
Jerri W., LMT, CWC
Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Wellness Coach with over 25+ years of experience in pain management, relaxation techniques and lifestyle education.
Heather R., LMT, CWC
Certified Wellness Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist with a passion for helping others achieve optimal wellness through healthier living.
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