The Importance of Stretching

The Importance of Stretching

Properly stretching your muscles is one of the most important aspects of healthy living. Today we are going to focus on the subclavius muscle. This triangle-shaped muscle is connected to the top rib and collarbone. This muscle provides stability during movements with the shoulder and arm and lies below the collarbone.

Stretching the Subclavius Muscle

Why is stretching this muscle so necessary? When this muscle is working properly, it helps with breathing and the overall stability of shoulder movement, but if the shoulder has been injured the subclavius muscle may be damaged as well. People who have shoulder pain may feel insecure, or unable to grasp stability. If you leave the subclavius untouched, it can spasm resulting in a fixed, depressed position.

One of the first therapies to try is trigger point therapy. You can use your index finger to press on the triggers for up to a minute. Daily stretching should consist of shoulder rolling, and use of the TPT ball. To support a healthy stretching routine, you should set aside a brief period each day to improve your flexibility and strengthen your muscles. Over time after stretching every day, you can regain full range of motion, decrease your risk for injury, and increase blood flow throughout your body.
The subclavius muscle can often be overlooked, especially if it works correctly, but it is important to remember to stretch this muscle to decrease the chances for a shoulder injury. Every muscle in the human body plays an important role, so it’s important to take the time to nourish them.

How to Stretch:

Sit on the edge of a pillow or folded blanket. This slight height difference will tilt your pelvis forward, assisting you to sit taller and more straight. Your legs should be straight in front of you and toes up towards thy sky. Your hands should be by your side and slightly behind you. Press your palms down and push your chest up towards the sky. Stay in the position for eight breaths, release, and repeat.
For more information on healthy living and proper body mechanics, speak with a professional at Activa Physical Therapy.