This gentle stretching technique is typically used on postural muscles (the muscles that enable the body to walk, sit and stand). Due to gravity these muscles often become short and tight and can lead to muscle imbalances. This can limit range of motion and cause joint restrictions. Several muscles in the upper body fall under this category such as the upper trapezius, and levator scapulae.
Muscle imbalances can be an underlying contributing factor for many conditions such as shoulder pain and headaches. As our upper taps become tight it can lead to altered shoulder function. Tension that builds up in the upper traps can also refer pain into the head causing headaches. By using PIR, our doctors can relax and lengthen the muscle to increase passive and active range of motion and decrease pain.