Muscle of the Monday: LATISSIMUS DORSI or “Lats”
Chronic Pain Connections: Weak Latissimus Dorsi, or Lats with tissue adhesions, most often play a role in chronic Shoulder pain but it may also contribute to Elbow, Wrist, and/or Hip pain.
Primary Actions: Extension, adduction, transverse extension also known as horizontal abduction, flexion from an extended position, and (medial) internal rotation of the shoulder joint. It also has a synergistic role in extension and lateral flexion of the lumbar spine.
Favorite Exercises: For Strength – Chin-ups and Pull-ups. For Stability – Plank Hold, Side Plank, Reverse Table Top.