There is one area of the upper body that can wreak havoc on wrists, elbows, shoulders and necks…
The good news is that this ONE area, when released, can also RELAX all of those joints. Releasing this spot can bring significant relief to wrists, shoulders and necks, and often can eliminate elbow issues, especially elbow tendonitis.
One SMALL area.
One BIG reward if you commit yourself to mastering this technique.
I am talking about…
I’ve said this for years in my private practice: if I had to pick only ONE technique to relieve as many issues in the upper body as possible with one BAM! move, whether someone has carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow pain or neck pain, the brachialis is IT.
Over and over I have seen the MOST relief come from this one in my office, so I know the same will be true for all of you out there.
Before I say anything else, I want to make it clear that we are NOT targeting the muscle here. In the scheme of things, the brachialis as a muscle itself is not a big player in the upper body (compared to say the biceps, pec major or the lats).
The reason this spot is so important is because of its LOCATION. It is a major intersection for ALL kinds of muscles and their fascia, and it is part of a fascial line that connects the wrist to the elbow to the shoulder (and vice versa). Because it us SUCH a major junction it can get seriously CONGESTED, fascially speaking.
This fascial congestion is what wreaks so much havoc, NOT the muscle.
In the above picture we’re getting a SIDE view of the brachialis. You can see how it is directly connected to the biceps, triceps, brachioradialis and deltoid.
The anterior superficial view to the right shows that it also sits under the biceps (notice the two lines leading to the muscle on the left picture over there>>), connecting to the pronator teres, and in the other picture though it’s not visible, imagine it’s just under those triceps (refer to the first pic if you want to “get” this fully), and connects there to all the the extensors of the fingers and wrist.
There is NO other single area in the arms or upper body that has such a profound impact on the elbow, wrist and hand.
This is important information for ANYONE who wants a STABLE SHOULDER JOINT (that should be ALL of us, but especially you CrossFitters, Oly lifters and anyone with shoulder injuries).
I LOVE this picture to the left…AND, what I’m about to tell you next will require a little imagination, because it doesn’t show the FASCIA. But imagine that those three muscles over there (and ALL the other muscles around that brachialis especially) are filled with and covered in fascia (white, collagen, gooey/gluey/watery stuff everywhere).
It’s not hard to imagine when looking at the picture the connection between the brachialis fascia and the SHOULDER JOINT. It’s part of a fascial line (meaning, continuous fascia leading to that coracoid process, where the corachobrachilias and pec minor attach).
Now IMAGINE this: the brachialis junction gets so congested that a bunch of dehydrated, crunchy fascia sticks to itself and forms a GOLF BALL sized ball! I’ve seen this over and over in my private practice.
That ball is being formed by the fascia of ALL THE SURROUNDING MUSCLE GROUPS where they meet at the brachialis.
The direction of pull is FROM everywhere upstreamd AND downstream TOWARD that ball as the center point; there is literally pulling from and on ALL muscles, tendons and joints in ALL directions: back toward the upper arm from the wrist and elbow AND down from the shoulder. The direction of pull is to the site of congestion, where that ball of tight fascia forms and grows.
It is nearly impossible for me to describe in writing how to perform this well. So please watch and re-watch the video until you get this one.
This is a difficult technique to master. We are attempting to mimic something I do with my private clients, and if you don’t know what you’re looking for – both in sensation/anatomy, and the movements – it can be tricky. But…I believe you can do it and I am going to do my best to help you!
I show you how to do this in the video.
To get the most out of this technique:
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