I am completely fascinated with shoulders. These complex and important joints hover over our torso, connected to it almost entirely by muscles. There is one tiny joint where the clavicle meets the sternum, but other than that, it’s muscles and tendons – as well as our posture and movement patterns – that determine where our shoulders end up and how they operate.
Imbalances in the relationships between key muscle groups in the shoulder can lead to
- rotator-cuff injuries
- frozen shoulder (AKA adhesive capsulitis)
- pain between the shoulder blades
- thoracic outlet syndrome
- carpal-tunnel-syndrome-like symptoms
- numbness and pain in the arms
- bad posture (shoulders rolled forward, arm rolled inward)
- impaired athletic performance
- neck pain
Restoring balance in the shoulder muscles is almost always my first priority in addressing shoulder pain. Once you get the shortened muscles to lengthen and the over-stressed and lengthened muscles to better engage, shoulder health is usually not far behind.
My orthopedic massage training and experience have made a bit of an expert on shoulders. My main orthopedic massage teacher, James Waslaski, has shown me an approach to treating shoulders that yields amazing results. Using a well-developed protocol, I can assess and treat all of the conditions above and educate you in how to take care of your shoulders day-to-day to keep you out of further trouble.