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The Scapular Positioning Treatment Protocol (eCourse)


"Scapular positioning" is a term that we use to describe the at rest position of the scapula. The scapular stabilizer muscles operate in a carefully orchestrated relationship. Ideally, these muscles will each be at a relatively normal resting length, however it is very common for the more anterior fibers to become chronically shortened, and for their antagonists to defacilitate and exist in some degree of stretch at all times.

The individual bellies of the serratus anterior branches span 90 degrees or more in fiber direction
The individual bellies of the serratus anterior branches span 90 degrees or more in fiber direction

This relationship determines our shoulder posture. Many factors can chronically influence this group of muscles and cause distorted posture. Excessive abduction and protraction is very common, also called rounded shoulder posture.

In this course, consisting of nearly 2 1/2 hours of video, you will learn our full scapular positioning protocol with detailed treatment examples on real clients with disturbed shoulder posture. There is no better way to understand the approach than seeing it in real life, with the decisions and assessments that have to be made to optimize the session.

A Common But Poorly Understood Condition

The shoulder is an area in which orchestration and relationships between muscles is central. Understanding the necessity of treating muscles that are prone to contraction during shortening is an enormous key to being able to restore normal posture in a single session. Often clients carry this posture for decades or most of their lives, not knowing that it's even muscular. The benefits of normalizing shoulder posture in areas like pain relief, reduced stress and improved self-esteem can be enormous.

While this postural dysfunction is well-recognized, nobody understands how to treat it and analyze the perpetuating factors that cause it to return.

At the Coaching the Body Institute, we've developed a scapular positioning treatment protocol using the Muscle Liberator™ tool that can be completed typically in 45 minutes or less - sometimes much less. Restoring proper shoulder posture is critical, because improper resting length of the scapular stabilizers can in turn trigger dysfunction and pain in many other muscles.

Our approach is easy to understand, because it analyzes fiber directions and classifies the scapular stabilizers into easily remembered groups of agonist and antagonist fibers. This is a new and unique method of understanding shoulder alignment, because it takes into account the neurological relationships that block progress when therapists simple try to soften hard fibers. We get fantastic results with this treatment, and it should be a core part of any therapist's arsenal in treating shoulder pain.

What's In The Course

This course goes into detail regarding the theory, anatomy and treatment of the key muscles responsible for dysfunctional shoulder posture. You will learn the muscle sections and fiber directions responsible for all dimensions of scapular motion, as well as how to treat them in relationship to their antagonist muscles. In return for a very modest investment of time and money, you'll transform your ability to help clients and expand your referral business.


Course Contents

Scapular Positioning Theory and Anatomy

Scapular Positioning Theory And Anatomy - Slides and Video

Treating Disturbed Scapular Positioning

Scapular Positioning - Low Trap and Pec Minor

Scapular Positioning - Mid Trap, Clavicular Pec and Serratus Treatment

Scapular Positioning - Scapular Elevators Initial Treatment

Scapular Positioning - Detailed Serratus Anterior Treatment Approach

Scapular Positioning - Levator, Rhomboids, High Trap

Scapular Positioning - Resolving Stretches and Final Assessment

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