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Supine counterstrain technique for rhomboid tender point

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

J Osteopath Med. 2023 Sep 13. doi: 10.1515/jom-2023-0058. Online ahead of print

Authors:

Olivia C Matz, Hannah C Gustafson, Lauren E Hartwell, Laura J Rudberg-Post, Adrian L Woolley

Abstract.

Because poor posture is a common instigating factor in back, shoulder, and neck pain, the rhomboid muscles should be considered in a complete physical evaluation. Previous techniques for treating a rhomboid tender point have addressed only one of the two main actions of the muscle, specifically retraction of the scapula utilizing shoulder abduction. This modified supine counterstrain technique for the rhomboid tender point incorporates both scapular retraction as well as superior, medial rotation of the inferior border of the scapula without abduction, providing a comprehensive treatment to accommodate patients with shoulder movement restrictions. This article discusses indications, contraindications, treatment, and a list of problem-solving strategies for the rhomboid tender point.

Publication Date: 

2023 Sep

OEID: 

6998

Matz, CO., Gustafson, CH., Hartwell, EL., Rudberg-post, JL., Woolley, LA. (2023) 'Supine counterstrain technique for rhomboid tender point', J Osteopath Med. 2023 Sep 13. doi: 10.1515/jom-2023-0058. Online ahead of print

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