• Leanne

What's the subscap?

Updated: Apr 17, 2019

Meet this mystery muscle!


Many of you receive subscapularis massage from me so I thought to give you a bit more information on what we're accessing. The subscapularis is a large triangular muscle which fills the space between the scapula (shoulder blade) and rib cage. It attaches to the scapula and the humerus, filling out the front of the shoulder-joint capsule. The subscapularis is one of four muscles that make up the rotator cuff and supports the joint capsule (supraspinatus, infraspinatous and the teres minor are the other three). It is often overlooked due to it not being superficial to the scapula.

The subscapularis is highlighted in red

When subscap is hypertonic (tight) or injured it can be responsible for causing shoulder pain and restricted range of motion. We use this muscle every time we rotate the arm, lift something or hold our phones in front of our face. If you haven't yet had me massage your subscap and would like to try it, please let me know during your next massage intake. It can be a wonderful way to increase mobility and help relax the shoulder girdle into its correct position.

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