BREATHE BETTER : IMPROVE POSTURE WITH THIS SINGLE CHIROPRACTIC EXERCISE
SELF RELEASE SERRATUS ANTERIOR
The serratus anterior originates at the upper 8 ribs and inserts under the scapula. As the thoracic spine goes into kyphosis, due to upper abdominal influence, the shoulders will begin to round forward. This causes the scapula to protract putting the serratus anterior into a shortened position. When the serratus anterior is rendered into a dysfunctional position, it will also be inhibitory to the function of breathing.
In order for the diaphragm to get full function to expand the ribcage, the muscles that attach to the rib cage must have the capability of stretching. If the ribs are not capable of expanding, the diaphragm will not be capable of setting up the foundation to Thoracic Extension, hence inhibiting good postural dynamics.
This generally tends to be a myofascial release point that feels good. Since we are going to use a ball that is softer, it wont feel as brutal as the other tools. With this release, we will want to incorporate deep breathing as it will promote a good stretch in the intercostals as we are applying presser.
SERRATUS ANTERIOR SMR (SOFT MEDICINE BALL)
For this specific myofascial release technique, we will have to use a soft medicine ball. Since the serratus anterior attaches directly to the ribs we will have to be more cautious to ensure we don’t damage anything. A soft medicine ball will undoubtedly do the trick for an effective release of this musculature.