M. Serratus posterior superior

Origin

  • C6-Th2 spinosus process

Attachment

  • Laterally costae 2-5

Innervation

  • Th1-Th4 Nn. Intercostalis

Plexa

Function

Unilateral function

  • Elevation of costae 2-5
  • Contralateral rotation of cervical spine

Artery

Antagonist

Leads involved

Descriptive text

The muscle is located below the upper part of M. trapezius. It is thin and flat.

Exercise

Training tips

Therapist tips

  • Sometimes causes pain when forced to breathe
  • Raising and lowering the ribs can cause pain.
  • Trigger points in the muscle can cause pain locally and into the back-little finger of the arm.
  • To reach the muscle, the scapulae first need to be abducted.

Treatment recommendations

  • Massage
  • Acupressure
  • Dry needling
  • Ledmanipulation
  • Stretch (home stretch and by therapist)
  • TENS
  • NMES
  • Cervical traction
  • Heating / Cooling

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