STEP 1: How to Locate the Coracobrachialis Trigger Point #One
The Coracobrachialis is the muscle that connects the shoulder to the arm. It helps in flexion at the shoulder joint and in bringing the arm closer to the body. An easy way to locate it is by finding the bicep and bending your arm at the elbow. Palpate for the inner edge of the muscle. The Coracobrachialis is present right below, closer to the shoulder. Hold your fingers in position and bring your arm towards your body. You will feel this muscle contract.
STEP 2: How to Self-Release the Coracobrachialis Trigger Point # One
There are two ways of self-releasing the Coracobrachialis muscle. One uses just your hand and the other uses a ball and a table. For the first method, locate the muscle as shown in the earlier video. This trigger point is usually four to five finger widths away from the armpit. Place the pads of your thumb over the region, using the other four fingers to hold onto the bicep’s outer side. Apply slow pressure on the trigger point using the thumb.The other method, as mentioned, makes us of a ball and a table, or even a bolster, so long as it comes up to the height of your armpit. Rest your entire arm on the table, and locate the muscle. Place the ball beneath the muscle, keeping it between you and the table. Roll the ball around until you find the right spot and sink into it. There are important arteries and nerves running through the area, so if you feel any numbness or tingling running down the arm, or any compromise of circulation, you are not in the correct position. Please stop and consult a qualified professional instead. DO NOT apply too much pressure. Hold for about 30 seconds and release.
STEP 3: How to Stretch the CoracobrachialisTrigger Point # One
To stretch the Coracobrachialis, sit on a bench or chair with your legs further than a shoulder’s width apart and place your hands over your knees. If you are stretching the right side, rotate your head and upper body to the left, maintaining your position. Rotate the right shoulder until it is almost between the two knees. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute and release. Remember to stretch the other side as well. Please DO NOT attempt this stretch if you have any sort of shoulder instability, or if you are prone to dislocations.