In today’s muscle of the day we have pictured the subscapularis muscle with adhesion drawn in.
The subscapularis muscle is one of the four muscles of what is called the rotator cuff group.
It is the only muscle of the rotator cuff that stabilizes the shoulder from the front.
Adhesion in this muscle is very common and can make the shoulder less flexible, weaker and eventually lead to pain.
If adhesion is left in the muscle too long it can put more force on the joint and cartilage, eventually leading to tears and degeneration.
This muscle easily gets overused in people that do a lot of work overhead, especially pressing motions.
It is a big strong muscle, but can develop adhesion pretty quickly in high load environment.
People usually think of the rotator cuff muscles as muscles of movement, they are, but their most important job is actually to support and stabilize the shoulder.
Getting proper treatment of this muscle is key to having any real resolution for shoulder pain or dysfunction.
Even if you have damage to the shoulder from a prior injury, such as a labrum tear of partial tear of the rotator cuff, having this muscle functioning clean is important to keep that degeneration from progressing more in the long run.
Most practitioners that treat this muscle do a pretty lousy job and often compress too much. In other situations they don't even accurately find it and end up just treat the lat and teres muscle.
Many people who have been treated in this area have experienced some pretty high levels of pain.
If this muscle is treated correctly it should be some minor discomfort, nothing to extreme. If it hurts like crazy its more likely the practitioner isn't an expert and doing more harm than good.
Get to an expert and get it fully fixed!