Your collar bone, like any other part of the body, should move well, otherwise function will be affected either locally or further away.
That the inner end of your collar bone (“clavicle”) attaches to upper end of your breastbone. This is the only place your arm attaches to your torso, so if your collar bone does not move well it can affect how any part of your shoulder or arm works.
That there is a gap between the collar bone and the first rib – through which blood vessels, lymph vessels and nerves travel. If this lacks space then any of these structures can be compressed and you will move so as to avoid irritating them, which can displace strain to your neck, shoulder, elbow wrist or hand.
Interesting patterns I’ve been seeing in the clinic:
At the right collar bone, lymph flow is returning towards the heart from the upper liver and right lung-head-neck-arm, and so here there can be an interplay between lymph congestion in those places and the right neck, shoulder or arm.
Similarly at the left collar bone, lymph flow is returning towards the heart from the left head-neck-arm-lung-abdomen-both legs, and so here there can be an interplay between lymph congestion in those places and the left neck, shoulder or arm.
For a Contented Clavicle:
- You should be able to float your shoulders upwards, forwards, backwards, and downwards.
Some simple stretches
- Interlace your fingers, reach forwards, pressing your palms way from you.
- Interlace your fingers, or grasp the back of one hand with the other, reach upwards, pressing your palms away from you.
- Interlace your fingers, or grasp the back of one hand with the other behind your back, first roll your shoulders up and open, then straighten your arms +/- lift your hands off your back, keeping your shoulders rolled open.
Basic Posture tip:
- First allow your upper body to be light and to float above your hips/lower body, then float your shoulders up and open.