This is a stretch for the three scalene muscles, and a way of working into the muscles while they are stretched. It is based on stretches in the book Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction by Travell and Simons. The stretches are helpful for clients with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, as the nerves of the brachial plexus pass in between the Scalenus Anterior and Scalenus Medius, and may be impinged by these muscles if they are tight.
Do all stretches gently and slowly, staying within your client's comfort range.
To stretch the scalenes on the right side, first have your client place their right hand under their hip, tractioning the right shoulder inferiorly.
Stretch the Scalenus Posterior by bringing their head to the left shoulder and rotating their face toward the left shoulder.
Stretch the Scalenus Medius by bringing their head to the left shoulder with their face pointing toward the ceiling.
Stretch the Scalenus Anterior by bringing their head to the left shoulder and rotating their face toward the right.
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