The teres minor muscle is one of 4 muscles that make of the rotator cuff muscles. It aids in stabilizing the shoulder joint and externally rotating the shoulder outwards
Often when this is a problem you will experience discomfort in the back of the shoulder. Reaching up and backwards can aggravate your symptoms. This muscle can be aggravated during a motor vehicle accident while holding onto the steering wheel. This muscle can be overused by Rock climbers, overhead exercise (snatch, overhead squat), swimmers,or baseball players
Trigger points in this muscle will refer to shoulder.
To locate the teres minor, reach under your armpit and feel the lateral border of your shoulder blade. Feel for a bony ridge that runs vertically. Covering up the upper two thirds of this ridge is the teres minor..
Self Myofascial Release of the Teres Minor muscle
Place a ball over the muscle and pin the muscle by leaning against the wall. Then reach over head. To get a little extra you can turn the elbow pit away from the wall.
*** Disclaimer *** This video is for educational purposes only. It is not medical advice. If you are in pain, please visit your local health care provider or contact Dr Notley if you are in Winnipeg