I am coming to you from San Diego.
Yesterday, I was in Irvine, California. (Sorry, in yesterday’s email, I said I was in San Diego).
Yesterday was a great day of coaching and teaching to over 40 professionals.
In the future I hope to meet you and help you.
Now moving to this morning, I woke up and headed for a walk and I came across this…
I guess in the cement landscape of San Diego, they have to create grass for dogs that live down here.
Okay, I have a great video for you today.
In this video, I wanted to go through a quick exercise that you can do to release the coracobrachialis. I did a previous video where I talked about two stretches that help target the coracobrachialis. In that video, I forgot to mention the functions of the coracobrachialis; it helps move the shoulder into flexion, move the shoulder into adduction, and it also helps in stabilizing the shoulder.
It isn’t a primary mover. It is more of a secondary muscle that assists the primary movers. But if that coracobrachialis has excess tension or shortens up, it affects the position of the shoulder and can affect the posture and stability of the shoulder. It is often an overlooked shoulder muscle when it comes to shoulder posture and shoulder rehab.
Coracobrachialis Release Instruction
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I wanted to go through an exercise that you can do to release the coracobrachialis. I had Donnalee demonstrate.
1st Step – Inspection and Palpation
The first step is to palpate and find it. Bring your arm up and move your hand almost into your armpit, looking at going in between your biceps and your triceps.
Inspection and Palpation
You can even start up in the armpit area and then move down the bone until you find the sensitive area. The coracobrachialis tends to indent where it connects in the middle of the upper arm. Find that area.
2nd Step – Pressing with Fingers or Thumb
Push on the muscle with your fingers or your thumb. Rock side to side and I up and down.
Pressing with Fingers or Thumb
3rd Step – Pressing with a Ball
You also choose to bring a ball into it. First, find the area with your hands in between the biceps in that sensitive area. Press the ball up against your body. Press it up against your body as you press it into the coracobrachialis, and then rock it forward and back. You can also move it up a little bit more towards the armpit area.
Pressing with a Ball
A key thing to remember with this is there are several nerves and connective tissue in that armpit area, and you don’t want to irritate something else located in this area. You don’t want to be overly aggressive when doing this exercise. Start off gently and then progress from there, depending on how it feels.
Give that a go in order to release the coracobrachialis and also refer back to that previous video where I talked about stretching the coracobrachialis. What works out really well is to do the release first on the coracobrachialis and then to go through that specific stretch that targets the coracobrachialis.
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Rick Kaselj, MS