SCALENE muscles of the neck:
In addition to flexing, rotating, and stabilizing the neck, the scalene muscles also elevate the 1st and 2nd ribs during inhalation. The diaphragm is responsible for normal, relaxed breathing, but muscles like the scalenes help the rib cage to expand when greater effort is required, such as with exercise or with respiratory pathologies such as asthma.
This compression can lead to thoracic outlet syndrome which can be exhibited as pain, weakness, numbness, or even heavy sensations in the affected hand/arm. Due to the nature of these symptoms, thoracic outlet syndrome often times gets mistaken for carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Scalene Muscles Trigger Points and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (gustrength.wordpress.com)
Posted on May 15, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged Carpal tunnel syndrome, Conditions and Diseases, Health, neck mobility, Nerve Compression Syndromes, Neurological Disorders, Peripheral Nervous System, scalenes, Thoracic outlet syndrome. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.