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Muscle Monday: Supraspinatus

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be covering the four muscles of the Rotator Cuff: the muscles that stabilize your shoulder joint and help move your arm up and down, and rotate, as well. Without the ROT cuff muscles, you wouldn’t be able to do a whole lot with your arms. We’ll start with the… → Continue Reading

Muscle Monday: Trapezius

It’s time for another edition of ‪‎Muscle Monday‬! Today’s special guest is the long, multi-talented Trapezius muscle. The trapezius is a large, flat muscle found on the back that runs from the base of the skull, out towards the tip of your shoulder, and down to about the mid-back, forming a diamond of sorts. It’s… → Continue Reading

Muscle Monday: Wrist Extensors

Welcome back for another ‪‎Muscle Monday‬! Today’s special guests are the Wrist Extensors. Ooooooh. The three muscles that act to extend your wrist are the Extensor carpi radialis longus and brevis, and Extensor carpi ulnaris. They originate from the tendon on the outside of your elbow and run down the side (more or less) of… → Continue Reading

Muscle Monday: Pectoralis Minor

It’s time for another Muscle Monday! Today’s special guest is… Pectoralis Minor (pec minor for short). This tiny muscle runs from the scapula to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th ribs, and lies underneath and bigger, broader Pectoralis Major muscles. This is another muscle that gets cranky with (you guessed it) a lot of computer work,… → Continue Reading

Muscle Monday: Muscles of Mastication

Welcome back for another edition of ‪Muscle Monday‬! Today’s special guests are the Muscles of Mastication (aka chewing). Beyond chewing, they also assist us in speaking (kinda important) as well enable jaw clenching and teeth grinding; two very common and troublesome problems that can contribute to neck tension, headaches, dental issues, etc. Three muscles comprise… → Continue Reading

Muscle Monday: Psoas

Time for another ‪Muscle Monday‬! Today’s special guest is the Psoas (pronounced ‘so-as’) The psoas lies deep beneath your abdominal muscles. It originates from all your lumbar (low back) vertebrae, as well as the the lowest thorasic vertebrae (T12). It then attaches way down at your femur (thigh bone). That means it’s involved in hip… → Continue Reading

Muscle Monday: Levator Scapula

I’m starting a Muscle Monday series! Each week I’ll be shining a light on a different muscle in the body: Where it is, what it does, and other cool things. We’ll start off with the Levator Scapula. Is it a shoulder muscle? A neck muscle? It’s both! The lev scap is a little muscle that… → Continue Reading