The relationship between upper trapezius muscle length and upper quadrant neural tissue extensibility

Edgar, Dale, Jull, Gwendolen and Sutton, Susan (1994) The relationship between upper trapezius muscle length and upper quadrant neural tissue extensibility. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 40 2: 99-103. doi:10.1016/S0004-9514(14)60456-6


Author Edgar, Dale
Jull, Gwendolen
Sutton, Susan
Title The relationship between upper trapezius muscle length and upper quadrant neural tissue extensibility
Journal name Australian Journal of Physiotherapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9514
Publication date 1994
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0004-9514(14)60456-6
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 40
Issue 2
Start page 99
End page 103
Total pages 5
Place of publication St Kilda, Australia
Publisher Australian Physiotherapy Association
Language eng
Abstract The upper trapezius muscle and the nerves of the brachial plexus share common anatomical locations and orientations. Whether upper trapezius muscle length measurements could be influenced by upper quadrant neural tissue extensibility was the question investigated in this paper. Two groups of normal subjects were studied, one with lesser and one with greater upper quadrant neural extensibility, measured by the upper limb tension test. Results indicated that those with decreased neural extensibility had significantly less measured length of the upper trapezii. These results should direct clinicians to assess neural tissue extensibility prior to interpreting the results of length tests of the upper trapezius muscle.
Keyword Brachial plexus
Muscle
Physical examination
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
 
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