Do you have:
- rotator cuff strain
- biceps tendonitis
- shoulder strain
- Impingement Syndrome
- shoulder pain
- Have you given up exercising because it flares up your shoulder?
- Do you seem to injure your shoulder easily?
- Does your shoulder only hurt during certain activities like reaching behind you?
- Have you had a rotator cuff repair or other shoulder surgery and not regained full use of your arm?
Shoulder problems such as the ones listed above are a result of poor shoulder blade mechanics, often coupled with poor movement strategies. Because the shoulders are a floating system on our trunks, it is even more important that the muscles are working properly.
But it’s not only the muscles attaching to the arm, it’s also the ones connecting the shoulder blade to the body. The shoulder blade is the foundation of shoulder joint function–after all, it is half the shoulder joint. Often this bone is not resting or moving well, stressing the shoulder joint.
One of the problems resulting from this is that the arm bone sits incorrectly in the shoulder socket as in the girl’s picture above. This is not corrected through using modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, hot or cold packs. Instead function must be improved to hold the arm bone in the shoulder socket correctly as well as teach the shoulder blade how it should be moving.
When you come in for an appointment, we will examine the resting and moving landmarks of the shoulder blade and the arm bone. We look at the muscles affecting both and then finally examine the overall movement strategy of the entire system. Our plan of action will be based on the findings of all three areas of function. You could also read my book, Fixing You: Shoulder & Elbow Pain, to understand how all of these areas work together. Each of my books come with access to free video clips of all exercises found in the books. Also please help yourself to my free article about shoulder pain. Lastly I can also help you via Skype if you live too far away.