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30 healthy turkey recipes

Turkey healthy recipes

Meat is a valuable source of protein and other nutrients. But when it comes to a healthy diet, it’s important to choose the right kind of meat and eat the correct portion size. Turkey is a relatively inexpensive source of protein, with more protein per gram than both chicken and beef, while remaining lower in fat and cholesterol than other meats. It also delivers vitamins and minerals.

Here are some key points about turkey meat:

  • Eighty-five grams of roasted turkey breast contains around 125.
  • In contrast, 85 grams of roasted dark turkey meat contains around 147 calories.
  • The dark meat of turkey typically contains more vitamins and minerals.
  • Turkey breast meat contains fewer calories and fat than most other cuts of meat.
  • Turkey contains vitamins B-6 and B-12, niacin, choline, selenium, and zinc.
  • Processed turkey meat can have a high sodium content.
  • Pasture-raised turkeys typically have higher omega-3 content than factory-farmed turkeys.

In this public notebook, you´ll find some of my favorite turkey recipes.

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30 healthy chicken recipes

Chicken healthy recipes

Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world. There is significant variation in cooking methods amongst cultures. Historically common methods include roasting, baking, and frying. They are also often grilled for salads or tacos.

Whether you’re trying to build muscle or lose fat, chicken is included in your diet. I know by experience that eating chicken over and over again, cooked the same way, may be boring to death.

I´ve selected 30 of the most delicious chicken recipes from my notes (recipes are not my own). A different way to cook your chicken, each day of the month. A 30-recipes post would be hard to read so, you have all the recipes in this public notebook.


I like to add checkboxes to the ingredients. I go to the kitchen with my list and I check I have everything I need. If not, that goes to the grocery list. At cooking time, all checkboxes are marked so, I unmark them as I´m using the ingredients. Once it´s done, the check boxes are ready for the next time.

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Guest post: Long duration flights at MiddleMe & LadyReDot

Good morning, beautiful people 🙂

As you already know, my good friend Kally has invited me before to MiddleMe. We´ve tried to provide you exercises you can perform at your workplace and could help with your posture and tight muscles.

Probably, you don´t know these interesting facts about Kally:

  1. She loves travelling.
  2. She flights a lot.
  3. And she has just opened a travel blog:

So, I told her I had some exercises for her long duration flights and…the rest is history 🙂

Follow Kally´s blogs for awesome tips for your career  and travels!! Enjoy the reading and have a good flight 🙂

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Alternate Biceps Curl with dumbbells

This exercise is a classic 🙂

Standing in a split-stance position to stabilize your body, Your arms are at your sides, close to your body and your palms are facing forward. Pull the shoulder blades down and back. Your head and neck should be aligned with your spine. Do not allow the back to arch. Maintain these engagements throughout the exercise.
Slowly bend one elbow as the opposite arm should remain in the starting position. Keep your torso erect. Do not allow the elbows to move forward. Keep the palms facing forward and your wrists straight without any bend. Do not allow the shoulders to shrug.
Gently back to your starting position. Keep the dumbbell in the neutral position. Repeat to the opposite side.

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Standing lateral raises

This is the best exercise for your deltoids. It works mostly the medial head. I usually prescribe routines based around the medial and rear deltoids. The anterior head is involved when we work our chest so, I prefer to let it rest. Obviously, every client is different.

Stand holding your dumbbells at your sides, not in front of your body; elbows relaxed, palms facing your body.

Exhale and slowly raise your elbows up and out to your sides. Your elbows and upper arms should rise together and lead the movement ahead of the forearms and dumbbells. Pause at the top and descend slowly.

Inhale, back to the starting position and repeat.

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Lying Hamstring Stretch

After Knees to the chest and roll, we can continue taking care of our hips and hamstrings. First, stop rolling.

Fully extend one leg while keeping the other close to the chest with both hands. Keep your hips level and your lower back down on the floor.

Inhale. Slowly straighten your knee, grabbing the back of your leg with both hands while keeping both hips on the floor.

Exhale. Stretch to the point of soft discomfort, not to the point of pain. Never bounce. Try to keep both legs as straight as possible. To reduce the intensity, bend the knee of the lifted leg.

Hold a few seconds and repeat with the other leg.

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Supermans Level 1

There are several levels and variations of this exercise.

Supermans Level 1 is similar to Bird-Dog but sometimes, one simple change makes a huge difference. As the name suggests, this exercise puts you in a position that emulates Superman while he flies, which also explain why so many levels and variations 🙂 Doing this exercise correctly and safely is simple and requires nothing more than your body and the floor. Well, You may wish to lay down a mat or rug to avoid laying directly on the floor, this is not Sparta 🙂

This is a great exercise for strengthening your lower back and toning your glutes.

Lie face down on your stomach with the arms and the legs extended.

Slowly, lift your left leg and right arm. Hold 2-5 seconds and back to starting position and alternate sides. Exhale as you lift your arms and legs up off the ground. Inhale, as you lower your arms and legs back down.

Don´t pull. Focus on your back and glute muscles, gently rising as much as you can. Probably you feel easier one side than the other. Don´t worry, there is always a weak side 🙂
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Welcome to the zoo 🙂

After Cat-Cow exercise, Bird-Dog exercise is an excellent exercise to stabilize the low back during upper and lower extremity movement. The main target of the Bird Dog is the erector spinae. It’s not that difficult to do after a little practice to get the balance right. It is helpful to use a mirror to help you with form adjustments.

Come to a quadruped position: place your hands under your shoulders. Your fingers facing forward. Place your knees under your hips. keeping your spine and neck in a neutral position; you should be looking at the floor.

Slowly extend your left leg behind you while reaching your right arm forward. Slowly return to the starting position and do the move on the opposite side. Lift the leg off the floor until it is at or near parallel to the floor. Keep both shoulders parallel to the floor. Your head should remain aligned with the spine throughout the movement. Do not lift the head or let it sag downward.

Back to starting position, maintaining balance and stability in the shoulders, pelvis, and torso. Alternate sides.

It looks easy, but it´s not. Let´s see the usual mistakes or problems with the next pic.

I have to say this was not on purpose 🙂 Usually, my first set of 30 reps (15 each side) is for stabilizing. Flipped disks are that funny 🙂

You should not lift your leg above hip height. This will help to avoid upward rotation at the hip. Do not allow the shoulder to tilt upward. If you cross the “red line”, you should adjust instead keep counting wrong reps.

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The forgotten forearms (Posterior compartment)

Last but not least, the muscles located at the posterior compartment of the forearms.

Superficial posterior compartment

The extensor digitorum muscle helps in the movements of the wrists and the elbows. It extends the phalanges, then the wrist, and finally the elbow. It acts principally on the proximal phalanges. It tends to separate the fingers as it extends them.

Extensor digitorum


  1. lateral epicondyle via the CET (common extensor tendon).
  2. antebrachial fascia.


  1. the base of middle phalanx of each of the four fingers (central band).
  2. the base of distal phalanx of each of the four fingers (2 lateral bands).

The extensor digiti minimi is a two joint muscle. It acts as an extensor in both joints. It extends the wrist, which means it moves the back of the hand toward the back of the forearm. It also extends the little finger, which means it straightens the little finger from a fist. When the muscle moves, it forces the little finger to bend and stretch. Sudden or unexpected movement of the finger or trauma may damage the muscle. Traction to keep the little finger from moving is typically recommended to treat the injury. Sprain of this muscle is common in athletes but is not considered to be a serious injury.

Extensor digiti minimi


  1. lateral epicondyle via the CET (common extensor tendon).
  2. antebrachial fascia.
  3. the ulnar aspect of extensor digitorum.


  1. the base of middle phalanx of the 5th digit (central band).
  2. the base of distal phalanx of the 5th digit (2 lateral bands).

The extensor carpi ulnaris muscle allows the wrist, or carpus, to extend and bend. It works in conjunction with the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle during the adduction of the wrist, meaning when the wrist bends toward the body’s midline. However, it is the only muscle responsible for ulnar deviation. This refers to the movement of the hand sideways in the direction of the pinky. The extensor carpi ulnaris muscle is the primary muscle used when you accelerate your motorcycle.

Extensor carpi ulnaris


  1. 1st head – lateral epicondyle via the CET (common extensor tendon).
  2. 2nd head – the posterior body of the ulna.
  3. antebrachial fascia.


medial side of the base of the 5th metacarpal.

A common injury to the extensor carpi ulnaris is tennis elbow. This injury occurs in people that participate in activities requiring repetitive arm, elbow, and wrist, especially when they are tightly gripping an object. Some symptoms include pain when shaking hands or when squeezing/gripping an object. The pain worsens when a person moves their wrist with force. The pain intensifies because the extensor carpi ulnaris has an injury near the elbow area and as a person moves their arm, the muscle contracts, thus causing it to move over the lateral epicondyle of the humerus. This causes irritation to the already existing injury.

The brachioradialis flexes the forearm at the elbow. It enables flexion of the elbow joint. The muscle also assists with pronation and supination of the forearm. These two movements allow the forearm and hand to turn so that the palm faces up or down. The arms are the only part of the body with this ability. The muscle is used to stabilize the elbow during rapid flexion and extension while in a mid position, such as in hammering.



  1. the upper lateral supracondylar ridge of the humerus (between the triceps and brachialis muscles).
  2. the lateral intermuscular septum of the humerus.


  1. the superior aspect of the styloid process of the radius.
  2. the lateral side of the distal 1/2 to 1/3 of the radius.
  3. antebrachial fascia.

The extensor carpi radialis longus is a long muscle that connects the outside of the elbow to the bone at the base of the first finger. It extends the wrist and abducts the hand.

Extensor carpi radialis longus


  1. lower lateral supracondylar ridge (below the brachioradialis).
  2. the lateral intermuscular septum of the humerus.


the base of 2nd metacarpal.

The extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle aids in moving the hand. Specifically, it abducts and extends the hand at the wrist joint. It is an extensor, and an abductor of the hand at the wrist joint. That is, it serves to manipulate the wrist so that the hand moves away from the palm and towards the thumb.

Extensor carpi radialis brevis


  1. lateral epicondyle via the CET (common extensor tendon).
  2. radial collateral ligament.
  3. antebrachial fascia.


base of 3rd metacarpal.

Deep posterior compartment

Supinator consists of two planes of fibers, between which the deep branch of the radial nerve lies. Its function is to supinate the forearm. Supinator always acts together with biceps, except when the elbow joint is extended.



  1. lateral epicondyle of humerus.
  2. supinator crest of ulna.
  3. radial collateral ligament.
  4. annular ligament.
  5. antebrachial fascia.


the proximal portion of the anteriorlateral surface of the radius

The extensor indicis extends the index finger, and by its continued action assists in extending the wrist and the mid carpal joints. Because the index finger and little finger have separate extensors, these fingers can be moved more independently than the other fingers.

Extensor indicis


  1. the posterior surface of ulna (distal to extensor pollicis longus).
  2. interosseous membrane.
  3. antebrachial fascia.


the base of the middle and distal phalanx of the index finger

The abductor pollicis longus muscle is one of three muscles in the forearm that facilitate the movements of the thumb. The others are the extensor pollicis brevis and extensor pollicis longus. These three muscles, along with the extensor indicis, make up the group of muscles called the deep extensors.The abductor pollicis longus lies immediately below the supinator and is sometimes united with it. The chief action of abductor pollicis longus is to abduct the thumb. It also assists in extending and rotating the thumb.

Abductor pollicis longus muscle


  1. posterior surfaces of ulna and radius.
  2. interosseous membrane.
  3. antebrachial fascia.


lateral aspect of base of 1st metacarpal

The extensor pollicis brevis muscle is located on the dorsal side of the forearm. In a close relationship to the abductor pollicis longus, the extensor pollicis brevis both extends and abducts the thumb.

Abductor pollicis brevis muscle


  1. posterior surfaces of radius (below abductor pollicis longus).
  2. interosseous membrane.
  3. antebrachial fascia.


the base of proximal phalanx of thumb (often a slip inserts into extensor pollicis longus tendon)

The extensor pollicis longus extends the terminal phalanx of the thumb. When moving the thumb, the muscle uses the radial tubercle as a pulley.

Extensor pollicis longus


  1. posterior surface of ulna.
  2. interosseous membrane.
  3. antebrachial fascia.


distal phalanx of the thumb.

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The forgotten forearms (Anterior compartment)

The lower “arm” is called the forearm. The forearm contains many muscles, including the flexors and extensors of the digits, a flexor of the elbow (brachioradialis), and pronators and supinators that turn the hand to face down or upwards, respectively. In cross-section, the forearm can be divided into two fascial compartments. The posterior compartment contains the extensors of the hands, which are supplied by the radial nerve. The anterior compartment contains the flexors, and is mainly supplied by the median nerve. Let´s focus on this one.

Superficial anterior compartment

Pronator teres pronates the forearm, turning the hand posteriorly. If the elbow is flexed to a right angle, then pronator teres will turn the hand so that the palm faces inferiorly. It is assisted in this action by pronator quadratus.

It also weakly flexes the elbow, or assists in flexion at the elbow when there is strong resistance.

Pronator teres syndrome is one cause of wrist pain. It is a type of neurogenic pain.

  • Patients with the pronator teres syndrome have numbness in median nerve distribution with repetitive pronation/supination of the forearm, not flexion and extension of the elbow.
  • Early fatigue of the forearm muscles is seen with repetitive stressful motion, especially pronation.
  • EMG may show only mildly reduced conduction velocities.
  • despite their anatomic proximity, patients with pronator teres syndrome do not have a higher incidence of AIN syndrome.

Pronator teres


  1. Humeral head:

A. upper portion of medial epicondyle via the CFT (common flexor tendon).

B. medial brachial intermuscular septum.

2. Ulnar head – coronoid process of ulna.

3. Antebrachial fascia.


Lateral aspect of radius at the middle of the shaft (pronator tuberosity).

Flexor carpi radialis is a muscle of the human forearm that acts to flex and (radial) abduct the hand. It is a superficial muscle that becomes very visible as the wrist comes into flexion. The flexor carpi radialis muscle is located close to the palm side of the arm, which allows it to bend the wrist on its side. This helps to reduce the angle between the forearm and the thumb. The wrist remains straight and does not extend or bend backwards.

Flexor carpi radialis


  1. Medial epicondyle via the CFT (common flexor tendon).
  2. Antebrachial fascia.


Base of the 2nd and sometimes 3rd metacarpals

Palmaris longus serves no apparent function in humans.For this reason, it is actually very popular with reconstructive surgeons because they can “harvest” the tissue or the tendon and use it to rebuild other useful muscles. What is even more interesting is the fact that the muscle is completely or partially absent in about 14 percent of the population.

Palmaris longus


  1. Medial epicondyle via the CFT (common flexor tendon).
  2. Antebrachial fascia.


  1. Central portion of the flexor retinaculum.
  2. Superficial portion of the palmar aponeurosis.

The flexor carpi ulnaris muscle works in tandem with the extensor carpi ulnaris. These muscles flex the wrist and adduct it (move it laterally in the direction of ulnar).

Flexor carpi ulnaris


  1. Humeral head – medial epicondyle via the CFT (common flexor tendon).
  2. Ulnar head:
  • Medial aspect of olecranon.
  • Proximal 3/5 of dorsal ulnar shaft.
  • Antebrachial fascia.


  1. Pisiform & hamate bones (via the pisohamate ligament).
  2. Base of the 5th metacarpal (via the pisometacarpal ligament).

The flexor digitorum superficialis is an extrinsic muscle that allows the four medial fingers of the hand to flex. It flexes the middle phalanges of the fingers at the proximal interphalangeal joints, however under continued action it also flexes the metacarpophalangeal joints and wrist joint. The secondary role of the muscle is to flex the metacarpophalangeal joints. These are located between the proximal phalanges and the metacarpal bones of the palm.

Flexor digitorum superficialis


  1. Humeral-ulnar head:
  • Medial epicondyle via the CFT (common flexor tendon).
  • Medial boarder of base of coronoid process of ulna.
  • Medial (ulnar) collateral ligament.
  • Antebrachial fascia.

2. Radial head: oblique line of radius along its upper anterior boarder.


Both sides of the base of each middle phalanx of the 4 fingers

Deep anterior compartment

The pronator quadratus is a muscle that is near the lower part of the radius. It is the only muscle attached only to the radius at one end and the ulna at the other.

Its function is to rotate the forearm and keep the proper distance and rotation between the ulna and radius. It is also used to turn the wrist and palm of the hand. When pronator quadratus contracts, it pulls the lateral side of the radius towards the ulna, thus pronating the hand. Its deep fibers serve to keep the two bones in the forearm bound together.

Pronator quadratus


Distal 1/4 anteriomedial surface of ulna.


Distal 1/4 anteriolateral surface of radius.

The flexor digitorum profundus belly is located in the forearm. However, it is considered a hand muscle because it is primarily used for hand functionality. The muscle’s long tendons extend over the wrist and the metacarpals of the hand.

It is a flexor of the wrist and helps flex the fingers.

Flexor digitorum profundus 2


  1. Anterior & medial surface of upper 3/4 ulna.
  2. Adjacent interosseous membrane.


Distal phalanx of medial 4 digits (through FDS tunnel).

The flexor pollicis longus muscle is located in the lower half of the arm, from the elbow down. It is an anatomical part that is unique to humans.

The flexor pollicis longus is a flexor of the phalanges of the thumb; when the thumb is fixed, it assists by flexing the wrist.

Flexor pollicis longus


  1. Middle anterior surface of the radius.
  2. Interosseous membrane.
  3. (may also originate from lateral boarder of coronoid process.
  4. or medial epicondyle).


Palmar aspect of base of the distal phalanx of thumb (deep to flexor retinaculum).

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When we talk about the shoulder we usually mean the deltoid. There are more important muscles around your shoulder joint than deltoid, like the rotator cuff muscles, and you should take care of them to avoid injuries.

The Deltoid muscle is the muscle forming the rounded contour of the shoulder. It is divided into three portions, anterior, lateral and posterior, with the fibers having different roles due to their orientation.


  1. The anterior fibers are involved in shoulder abduction when the shoulder is externally rotated. It also works with the subscapularis, pecs and lats to internally (medially) rotate the humerus.
  2. The posterior fibers are strongly involved in transverse extension particularly as the latissimus dorsi is very weak in strict transverse extension. The infraspinatus and teres minor, also work with the posterior deltoid as external rotators, antagonists to strong internal rotators like the pecs and lats. The posterior deltoid is also the primary shoulder hyperextensor, more so than the long head of the triceps which also assists in this function.
  3. The lateral fibers perform the shoulder abduction when it is internally rotated, and perform shoulder transverse abduction when the shoulder is externally rotated.


  1. Lateral, anterior 1/3 of the distal clavicle.
  2. Lateral boarder of the acromion.
  3. Scapular spine.


Deltoid tuberosity of the humerus.

Pain and symptoms associated with the Deltoid muscle

– Pain over the tip of the shoulder going down the upper arm
– Shoulder weakness
– Pain in the shoulder area when lifting
– Pain in the shoulder area when holding objects up and in front of the body
– Pain decreases when arm and shoulder are at rest

Pain around the shoulder area caused by the deltoids muscles will subside when resting. If the pain in the deltoid area is continuous even at rest, chances are the source of the pain is being caused by other muscles in the neck, shoulder, upper back, and/or chest.

Activities that cause deltoid pain and symptoms

– Swimming
– Skiing
– Weight-lifting
– Throwing a ball; baseball, softball, football
– Holding heavy tools up
– Picking up and carrying children
– Typing when the keyboard is set up too high

The Teres major is a medial rotator and adductor of the humerus and assists the latissimus dorsi in drawing the previously raised humerus downward and backward (extension, but not hyperextension). It also helps stabilize the humeral head in the glenoid cavity. It is only functional when the Rhomboids fix the scapula. This muscle mainly helps latissimus dorsi.


Inferior, lateral margin of the scapula.


Crest of lesser tubercle (just medial to the insertion of latissimus dorsi)

Pain and symptoms associated with the Teres Major muscle

– Pain in the back of the upper arm when reaching forward and up
– Sharp pain in the back of the shoulder with aching sensation in the upper arm when resting elbows on a table.
– Pain in the back of the arm that skips the elbow and continues down to the back of the forearm.

Activities that cause teres major muscle pain and symptoms

– Rowing
– Throwing or pitching a ball
– Swimming
– Chopping wood
– Driving
– Exercise that requires pulling up (chin-up) or pushing down (push-ups) with the arms, or reaching forward or overhead repetitiously

The Supraspinatus muscle is one of the four muscles which make up the rotator cuff. Its main function is to stabilize the upper arm by holding the head of the humerus in position. It is important in throwing motions to control any forward motion of the head of the humerus. Contraction of the supraspinatus muscle leads to the abduction of the arm at the shoulder joint. It is the main agonist muscle for this movement during the first 10-15 degrees of its arc. Beyond 30 degrees, the deltoid muscle becomes increasingly more effective at abducting the arm and becomes the main propagator of this action.


  1. Supraspinous fossa.
  2. Muscle fascia.


Uppermost of three facets of the greater tubercle of the humerus.

Pain and symptoms associated with the Supraspinatus muscle

– Deep ache over the outside of the shoulder area which continues during rest
– Pain down the outside of the arm, occasionally extending down into the wrist
– Can cause clicking or popping in the shoulder joint
– Concentrated pain toward the outside of the elbow
– Pain when lifting the arm overhead
– Difficulty and shoulder pain while shaving the face or combing hair

Activities that cause supraspinatus muscle pain and symptoms

– Carrying heavy objects with the arm hanging down ie. suitcase, a bucket of paint, etc.
– Working with arms outstretched in front of the body and /or overhead (painting, working at the computer, driving for long periods)
– Tennis
– Golf

The Infraspinatus muscle is another of the four rotator cuff muscles crossing the shoulder joint and is commonly injured. It is the main external rotator of the shoulder joint. When the arm is fixed, it abducts the inferior angle of the scapula. Its synergists are teres minor and the deltoid. The infraspinatus and teres minor rotate the head of the humerus outward (external, or lateral, rotation); they also assist in carrying the arm backward. Also, reinforces the capsule of the shoulder joint.


  1. Infraspinous fossa.
  2. Muscle fascia.


The middle facet of greater tubercle of the humerus.

Pain and symptoms associated with the Infraspinatus muscle

– Pain deep in the front of the shoulder
– Pain going down the front and outside of the arm, sometimes going down into the hand
– Pain going up the back of the neck to the base of the skull
– Pain in the upper back at the inside edge of the shoulder blade
– Weakness and stiffness in the shoulder and arm
– Difficulty reaching the arm behind the body and reaching into a back hip pocket

Activities that cause infraspinatus pain and symptoms

– Keeping the arms overhead for extended periods of time
– Painting overhead
– Keeping the arms extended in front of the body for extended periods of time
– Driving with hands on top of the steering wheel
– Keyboarding and using the mouse on the computer
– Swimmers
– Sports throwing a ball or swinging at a ball
– Tennis
– Baseball
– Football

The subscapularis rotates the head of the humerus medially (internal rotation); when the arm is raised, it draws the humerus forward and downward. It is a powerful defense to the front of the shoulder-joint, preventing displacement of the head of the humerus.


Subscapular fossa.


Lesser tubercle of the humerus.

Pain and symptoms associated with the Subscapularis muscle

– Severe pain deep in the back of the shoulder
– Pain in the back of the upper arm
– Pain over the shoulder blade area
– Pain can extend down the back of the arm
– Persistent aching in the wrist with extreme tenderness in the back of the wrist
– Occasionally an extremely tender spot on the front of the shoulder

Activities that cause subscapularis pain and symptoms

– Pitching a baseball
– Tennis
– Swimming
– Tossing heavy objects
– Playing the violin, guitar, banjo
– Falling and landing on your side
– Sleeping on one side
– Immobilization of the arm for long periods (casted arm)

The Teres minor is a narrow, elongated muscle of the rotator cuff.

The Teres minor and the infraspinatus attach to the head of the humerus; they help hold the humeral head in the glenoid cavity of the scapula. They work in tandem with the posterior deltoid to externally (laterally) rotate the humerus, as well as perform transverse abduction, extension, and transverse extension.


The middle half of the scapula’s lateral margin.


Lowest of three facets of the greater tubercle of the humerus.

Pain and symptoms associated with the Teres Minor muscle

– Pain toward the back of the upper arm
– Numbness or tingling without pain or aches in the fourth and fifth fingers

Activities that cause teres minor pain and symptoms

– Bringing the arm back with force
– Pitching a baseball
– Rowing, Kayaking
– Holding arms above head for extended periods
– Holding arms out in front of the body for extended periods of time
– Bracing your arms either in front of the body to avoid a fall or overhead impact (something falling from above)

There are two types of rotator cuff injuries:

  1. Acute tears occur as a result of a sudden movement. This might include throwing a powerful pitch, holding a fast moving rope during water sports, falling over onto an outstretched hand at speed, or making a sudden thrust with the paddle in kayaking.
  2. A chronic tear develops over a period of time. They usually occur at or near the tendon, as a result of the tendon rubbing against the underlying bone.

Rotator cuff tear

Please, be careful 🙂

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“Lats” & friends

We usually forget that lats belong to another muscle group, the superficial back muscles. They originate from the vertebral column and attach to the bones of the shoulder – the clavicle, scapula, and humerus. All these muscles are therefore associated with movements of the upper limb.

The muscles in this group are the latissimus dorsi, trapezius, levator scapulae and the rhomboids.

The latissimus dorsi is the larger, flat, dorsolateral muscle on the trunk, posterior to the arm, and partly covered by the trapezius on its median dorsal region.


  1. Spinous process of T7-L5.
  2. Upper 2-3 sacral segments.
  3. Iliac crest.
  4. Lower 3 or 4 ribs.


Lateral lip of the intertubercular groove.

It is responsible for extension, adduction, 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.

Pain and symptoms associated with the Latissimus Dorsi muscle
– Pain is felt in the mid-back especially below the bottom of the shoulder blade.
– Pain is felt in the front of the shoulder.
– Pain in the side and or mid-back similar to a side stitch.
– Numbness, tingling and/or aching that extends down the arm to the little finger and often the ring finger.
– Pain while reaching forward with the arms
– Pain when lifting arms overhead
– Can contribute to breathing difficulty.
– Pain does not worsen with activity nor does it ease at rest, it is steady and constant.
Activities that can cause latissimus dorsi pain
– Activities that require continuously or repeatedly raising the shoulders
– Gymnastics
– Rowing
– Throwing or pitching a ball
– Swimming
– Swinging a baseball bat
– Swinging a tennis racket
– Shoveling dirt or snow
– Chopping wood
– Exercise that requires pulling up (chin up) or pushing down (push-ups) with the arms
– Reaching forward or overhead repetitiously

The trapezius is a broad, flat and triangular muscle. The muscles on each side form a trapezoid shape. It is the most superficial of all the back muscles.



  1. External occipital protuberance.
  2. Along the medial sides of the superior nuchal line.
  3. Ligamentum nuchae (surrounding the cervical spinous processes).
  4. Spinous processes of C1-T12.


  1. Posterior, lateral 1/3 of clavicle.
  2. Acromion.
  3. The superior spine of the scapula.

It has three functional regions:

  1. Superior (descending part), which supports the weight of the arm.
  2. Intermediate (transverse part), which retracts the scapulae.
  3. Inferior (ascending part), which medially rotates and depresses the scapulae.

Contraction of the trapezius muscle can have two effects:

  1. Movement of the scapulae when the spinal origins are stable.
  2. Movement of the spine when the scapulae are stable. Its main function is to stabilize and move the scapula.
Pain and symptoms associated with the Trapezius muscle
– Headache in the temple area
– Pain in the jaw that travels down into the neck and over behind the ear
– Pain behind one eye
– Tension headache
– Contributes to dizziness
– Pain at the base of the skull
– Stiff neck
– Ache or burning sensation in the middle of the back
– Pain or tingling during raising or lowering the arms
Activities that cause pain and symptoms in the trapezius
– Whiplash
– Lifting heavy objects
– Working with your arms out in front of you (computer, playing the piano, driving)
– Keeping your shoulders rolled forward or pulled up
– Carrying a heavy purse or backpack on one shoulder
– Large breasts

The levator scapulae is a small strap-like muscle. It elevates the scapula.


Transverse processes of C1-C3 or C4.


The superior angle of scapula toward the scapular spine.

Pain and symptoms associated with the Levator Scapulae muscle
– Pain at the slope of the neck and shoulder
– Stiff neck, difficulty turning head to look over the shoulder
– Headaches at the base of the skull
– Occasionally pain from the top of the shoulder blade extending to the middle of the shoulder blade
Activities that cause pain or symptoms of the levator scapulae muscle
– Keeping head turned to one side ie. Sleeping on stomach, holding phone to ear with shoulder
– Sleeping without proper head support
– Acute upper respiratory infection will cause the levator scapulae to shorten and become stiff and painful
– Painting overhead for extended periods
– Carrying heavy backpacks or purses
– Whiplash
– Forward head posture

There are two rhomboid muscles, major and minor. The rhomboid major helps to hold the scapula (and thus the upper limb) onto the ribcage. Together with the rhomboid major, the rhomboid minor retracts the scapula when trapezius is contracted. Acting as an antagonist to the trapezius, the rhomboid major and minor elevate the scapula medially and upward, working in tandem with the levator scapulae muscle to rotate the scapulae downward. While other shoulder muscles are active, the rhomboid major and minor stabilize the scapula.

Rhomboid major:


  1. Spinous processes of T2-T5.
  2. Supraspinous ligament.


Medial scapula from the scapular spine to the inferior angle

Rhomboid minor:


  1. Spinous process of C7 & T1.
  2. Ligamentum nuchae.
  3. Supraspinous ligament.


Medial margin of the scapula at the medial angle

Pain and symptoms associated with the Rhomboid Major and Minor muscles
– Pain along the inside of the shoulder blade especially noticeable at rest.
– Popping and/or grinding noise when moving the shoulder blade
– Inability to straighten the upper body out of a slumped position
Activities that can cause rhomboid muscle pain
– Activities that require continuously or repeatedly raising the shoulders
– Hanging wallpaper
– Rowing
– Throwing a ball
– Pull Ups
– Extended work at the computer
– Military posture: standing with extremely straight posture with shoulders pulled back, chest thrust forward.