Brian’s Fit Tip for a Tight Latissimus Muscle

Next to a previous injury, muscle imbalances are the number 2 leading cause to injury.

Muscle imbalances present themselves as muscles being short and tight on one side of the body compared to the other. As one side of the joint gets short and tight, the opposite side is long and weak creating instabilities not only for the joint involved but also other muscles along the kinetic chain.

Franz Reuleaux, a mechanical engineer and often referred to as the father of kinematics,

In 1875 proposed that the ridged overlapping segments were connected via joints and this created a system whereby movement at one joint produced or affected movement at another joint in the kinetic link.

My motto is “You Have to Feel and Move Well, Before Moving more”.

Basically; if you’re not fully assessing, you’re guessing and that’s how these muscle imbalances get missed.

There are 2-parts to my assessment process, the first is subjective and the second is objective.

Subjective Findings – Comprehensive Wellness and Movement Lifestyle Consultation

The mystery is in the persons health history, how does a person feel and have they had an injury?

In order to get to the cause of a person’s challenge (muscle tightness, weakness, injury etc.).

Along with filling out a health history form, the perspective client is asked to fill out my Wellness & Movement Lifestyle Questionnaire The questionnaire is based off my 4 Principles to Wellness & Movement.

Each principle has a series of questions, which are then added up together using my Wellness & Movement Rating Scale and will provide the perspective client with a total score. The total score will determine whether the client is moving away from or towards enhanced wellness & movement. This is vitally important when it comes to determining “why” a muscle is short and tight.

Objective Findings – Comprehensive Physical Assessment

I have created 3 different physical assessments depending on what the client reports during the comprehensive consultation.

1. Wellness  Movement Assessment, for the client with wellness related challenges.

2. Athletic Movement Assessment for the fitness or sports enthusiast client who is injured and

3. Athletic Movement Screen for the non-injured fitness and sport enthusiast client.

They all include a variety of tests and assessments, one of which a comparative range of motion tests, where I check for length tension difference between one side of the body and the other. If an imbalance is detected this will indicate an increased risk for injury, even if pain is not present.  The body can deal with a slight muscle imbalance, my rule is anything more than a 5 to 8-degree difference is worth looking into. The assessment for the injured client also includes a few more assessments and tests.


As you watch this short video pay attention to how I take the proper steps to determine which Latissimus muscle is tight and the corrective exercise strategies to restore its length.

Please note that every case is different and not all muscle tightness can only be resolved with foam rolling and stretching.

Are you at risk for injury?

Have you had a previous injury?

Do you have muscle imbalances?

Would you like to find out if you do?

Contact 828-667-9334 and schedule a Comprehensive Wellness & Movement Lifestyle Consultation and Comprehensive Physical Assessment. Mention this Vlog and receive $25 off the consultation part or $75 off when you schedule both.

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