Scalene Variation Side Lying

Description:

2 Ratings

 

Indications:

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

 

Cautions:

This technique should be pain-free. 

 

Technique:

Have your client lying on their side with their head resting on the table (no pillow or arm under their head).

Sit behind them and with your outside hand bring their shoulder toward their ear. This takes up slack for the next step.

With your inside hand hook your fingers around the top of their clavicle near the sternum and pull back.

Lean back pulling their shoulder inferiorly while sliding your fingers out toward the acromioclavicular joint. Your intention is to work into the area around the first and second ribs where the scalenes attach.

Now do this same technique, but starting with your client's head turned toward the ceiling. Have your client slowly turn their head toward the floor while you lean back pulling their shoulder inferiorly while sliding your fingers out toward the acromioclavicular joint. Time it so you reach the AC joint when your client's head is turned toward the floor.

This technique works into the scalene attachments while the scalenes are being stretched. 

 

Related Techniques:

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Soft Tissue Release - Scalenes
Soft Tissue Release - Pectoralis Minor
Scalene Stretch
Scalenes - Anatomy
First Rib Release

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