Serratus Anterior and pain in the ribs
The Serratus Anterior is a muscle that helps open up the ribs especially during deep breathing. Trigger points on this muscle therefore cause difficulty in breathing. However the same condition can arise from other muscles.
That is why using our app Painalog can help you identify the exact combination of muscles that are the cause of your pain.
You can download the app on Google Play Store or get it on App store and give it whirl for free for seven days. However if you are sure that it is the Serratus Anterior then read on to learn how to locate, self release and stretch the muscle.
STEP 1: How to Locate the Serratus Anterior Trigger Point #One
The Serratus Anterior is a muscle that originates from the first eight to nine ribs on its respective side and inserts into the shoulder bone or scapula. This muscle helps in the rotation of the scapula outward and up, further easing the rotation of the arm and supporting weightlifting activities. The trigger points for the Serratus Anterior are present along the side.
STEP 2: How to Self-Release the Serratus Anterior Trigger Point # One
To massage the Serratus Anterior muscle, you will need a ball. Place the ball over the trigger point on the side of your chest and lift your arm over your head. Lean against the wall, keeping the ball between you and the wall, and roll the ball around until you find the most sensitive spot within the area. Hold for about 30 seconds and release.
STEP 3: How to Stretch the Serratus AnteriorTrigger Point # One
To stretch the Serratus Anterior muscle, you will need a chair with a sturdy backrest. Sit on the chair and place your arm over the backrest, holding onto its side with your hand and turning your torso and head to face in the other direction.