Friday, April 16, 2010
Brachialis and Elbow Pain in Grand Rapids
The brachialis muscle is often an overlooked and overworked muscle. It's a unique muscle and critical for elbow health. It's the strongest elbow flexor and since it doesn't insert on the radius, it inserts on the coronoid process of the ulna, it is not affected by pronation or supination. But with that said it contributes more than 50% of elbow force with flexion.
When the muscle contains lots of adhesions it will not want to contract as forcefully on flexion and your other elbow flexors will take up the slack, most notably brachioradialis and extensor carpi radialis longus. These two small muscles will then over time develop dysfunction and create elbow pain. So because the brachialis doesn't complain, it just so to speaks, shuts down, the other smaller muscles which complain with pain get the attention.
So if your dealing with elbow pain, check out the brachials. Find someone that can work that muscle and your elbow health will thank you, if your in West Michigan or Grand Rapids, stop by our new clinic downtown. Keep those elbows healthy!