Test For Tightness Of Muscles That Depress The Coracoid Process Anteriorly

To focus on the pectoralis minor, it is necessary to put each of the other muscles on a slack. While maintaining continuous pressure with the left hand on the anterior shoulder region, the examiner's right hand bends the subject's elbow to full flexion to put the biceps on a slack. If the shoulder region can be displaced somewhat downward, this provides evidence that the biceps are part of the problem.

Maintaining continuous pressure on the anterior shoulder region, the examiner then lifts the subject's elbow approximately 6 or 8 inches up from the table to put the coracobrachial on a slack. If the shoulder can be further depressed, this provides evidence that the coracobrachial is is part of the problem. Any tightness that remains should be attributed to the pectoralis minor.

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