Shoulder pain can make you miserable and keep you from doing the fun things you want to do.
Worst of all, it can keep you from getting sleep.
Believe me, I know. I’ve had shoulder pain for years – until I found the answers.
I tried every kind of therapy and treatment – chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, PEMF, anti inflammatories and many more.
I’ve attended multiple seminars on shoulder pain and pulled together the best techniques from all of them.
I put together an integrated solution and I’m ready to share it with you.
90%+ of shoulder pain is due to what is called ‘impingement.” The head of the long bone of the upper arm, the humerus, has a knob which needs to glide down when you lift your arm. That’s the job of the rotator cuff muscles. This is a group of muscles which attach to the head of the humerus. When they are not working, you will get a pinch as you raise your arm. Eventually this causes enough pain and inflammation that there is a protective response called frozen shoulder. It becomes increasingly difficult to do anything with the arm.
Why would the rotator cuff muscles be weak? It could be an injury, but in my experience it is commonly due to nerve compression from a disc herniation in the lower neck. This is easily evaluated in the office. I use standard muscle testing for the rotator cuff muscles. If one is weak I have the patient do something that will briefly decompress the disc. Frequently the muscle strength returns immediately. The fix is usually only temporary until the neck issue is resolved.
If this condition has gone on for some time the rotator cuff muscles become shortened and fibrotic, like a tough piece of meat. This may require some direct treatment to restore normal function of these muscles. I use a form of active release using a mechanical stimulator called the ArthroStim.
Once the pain is gone, I work with you to develop strategies to prevent this problem from coming back. Tools you can use on your own/
I have devised this treatment strategy based on long experience with my own shoulders and those of many patients.