A high percentage of my client base comes in with shoulder issues. Pain or lack of movement. I want to use this post in order to give my clients and students a bit of information on how the treatment for this works. ♦️ LIFESTYLE- shoulder injuries largely depend on people’s lifestyles. Your job or activity patterns will determine for me what treatment to provide in order to successfully remove the pain and lack of movement.

  • Office workers and people that generally hold their shoulders in the same position for the most part of the day.

  • People that lift weights without stabilising the scapulae or using compensatory muscles without realising usually experience pain with certain movements and when tension is going through the glenohumeral joint.

  • DISSECTION of shoulder functionality

MOVEMENT is created by your rotator cuff- infraspinatus, subscapilarus, supraspinatus and teres minor. Lack of movement will cause these to lose elasticity and make them unable to adapt to a stressful situation (tension going through the muscle tissue, ligaments and tendons).

SUPPORT - pectoralis minor, rhomboids and trapezius are the muscles tissue which is there to help stabilise the shoulder via the scapulae and clavicle.

POWER - big muscles with a large origin point and a small insertion, such as your pectoralis major and latissimus dorsi. Responsible for generating energy and strength with movement.

If one of these systems is not working, then the other ones will be inhibited. ♦️ TREATMENT : When I treat shoulders, I am always thinking of these systems and making sure that they are all operational and adaptive to stress and change.

TRIGGER POINT THERAPY in the infraspinatus and subscapilarus is what I find as the most effective way to bring back movement in the shoulder.

SOFT TISSUE RELEASE AND MYOFASCIAL RELEASE is what I use to bring back functionality and strength in the pectoralis and latissimus muscles.