In today’s muscle of the day we are continuing our week on the shoulder, more specifically the rotator cuff.
Up today we have the commonly forgotten rotator cuff muscle called the Teres Minor.
This muscle is classically considered one of the external rotators of the shoulder and it sits right along the outer portion of the scapula.
During any overhead movements you need this muscle to lengthen a considerable amount to help maintain stability and motion in the shoulder.
This muscle is very tiny and often can get stuck to with adhesion (that acts like glue) to the closet muscle the Infraspinatus.
When these muscles get stuck together it can lead to altered force production in the shoulder, leading to more force on other structures in the shoulder, especially the joint and the cartilage.
If you are trying to work on this muscle with a lacrosse ball you are actually doing more harm than good as it is very thin and right up against the bone.
So that horrible pain you are experiencing with it isn’t therapeutic, it’s actually doing more harm than good.
Successful diagnosis and treatment of adhesion in this muscle will improve range of motion in the shoulder, pain, weakness and overall function.
If you are having shoulder problems it’s always key to get to an expert that can diagnose and has the tools to fix the problem.