How Can Applied Kinesiology Help Shoulder Issues?

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How Can Applied Kinesiology Help Shoulder Issues?

The shoulder is one of the more difficult areas of the body to treat successfully.  This is primarily because the shoulder is not a true joint — the head of the humerus is held to the glenoid fossa of the scapula by connective tissue called the labrum.  This gives the shoulder the mobility we need, but sacrifices stability.

One common problem is “frozen shoulder.”  This is a condition where normal shoulder ranges of motion are decreased, often severely, and there is pain on resting or with even slight movement.  If there is not improvement after up to four visits, I refer these patients to a medical doctor for evaluation for a torn rotator cuff.  Many rotator cuff tears respond to conservative treatment over a period of time.

When a patient presents with “frozen shoulder,”, I first assess range of motion to help determine which muscles could be involved in limiting movement.  Neck, upper back, trunk, and shoulder muscles can be affected.  I  use either the Vibracussor or Graston technique to help mobilize restricted fascia.  AK lists a number of reflex points that influence shoulder function; I  treat those points to help re-balance the involved muscles.  Sometimes treatment over the liver or gall bladder is also helpful, as is re-balancing those acupuncture meridians.  I also use Injury Recall Technique, which is an AK approach to re-setting and releasing muscle memory that results from any injury that may have happened.   Origin/Insertion (a firm rotary massage to the muscle attachments) and trigger point therapy, particularly to the subscapularis and pectoralis minor muscles, can help restore normal range of motion.  I adjust the neck, back, and both shoulders once the soft tissue and reflex work are complete.  Home exercises to help mobilize the shoulder and improve range of motion are given.

If the shoulder issue is primarily due to spasmed and imbalanced muscles, there is often pain relief and improved range of motion on the first visit.  When this approach is successful, I re-evaluate the patient’s progress after four to six visits.  Very often the visit frequency can be decreased at that point or the patient released.

Dr. Alexander practices at Ridgely Retreat.  She offers a no-charge 15-minute consultation.  She can be reached at 443-433-0463.

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