Pectoralis Major and Minor Muscle Tightness Test

Pectoralis Major and Minor Muscle Tightness Test


In this video I am going to demonstrate how to test for muscle tightness of the Pectoralis Major and Minor Hi, and Welcome back to Physiotutors. The Pectoralis muscles are famous for getting shortened, the reason for this mainly lies in our sedentary Lifestyles where many people spend hours a day in front of a desk or computer with protracted shoulders and the arms in internal rotation and adduction to assess the length of the Pectoralis Major Instruct your patient to Flex the arms to 90 degrees and to bring the hands together behind the head From that position you are going to try to bring the elbows down to the bench If you fail to bring the elbows down to the bench this indicates a shortened Pectoralis Major Your patient can also give you information on the sensation of muscle stretch to assess for tightness of the Pectoralis Minor muscle have your patient in Supine lying position and Place the heels of your hand on the patient’s coracoid processes then apply downward pressure If your patient experiences muscle stretch this indicates tightness of the Pectoralis Minor Okay this also our video on muscle tightness assessment for the pectoralis I hope you enjoyed this video if you did give it a thumbs up and you can check out other muscle tightness videos for example For the biceps and the triceps muscle right here. This was Andreas for Physiotutors. I’ll see you next time. Bye

10 thoughts on “Pectoralis Major and Minor Muscle Tightness Test

  1. Hi, can we grade tightness ( mild, moderate and severe tightness depending on outer, middle and inner range) ?

  2. I would like to thank you so much for these useful videos that i was studying from for my midterm practical exam , i got the full mark today and the first thing i wanted to do after i finish is thank you guys for this helpful and amazing work keep going πŸ’œπŸ’œ

  3. Hi, First at all thank you for all the videos that you make available to the community, and I certainly find many of these useful. Yet I really question the validity of this (and many others) tests for assessing "muscle tightness". I was drawn to study physiotherapy because I believed that this was an evidence based practice. At the time I used to wonder how physiotherapist could assess such amazing things …After few years studying physiotherapist and trying to find the evidence for what I believed existed, both in terms of assessment and treatment, , I am getting deluded to be honest. How this test can be valid and how can we know for sure that these muscles are tight? So based on what you say it is because there is a feel of stretch and or because an "optimal" ROM cannot be achieved. Sometimes I feel I am reading and/or watching Greek Mythology. Just frustrated.

  4. I have chronically tightened chest muscles iv tried massaging it and it wont release its tight like a coiled spring. How do i fix this? I also have a torn rotator cuff and labrum

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