How To Stop Shoulder Pain With Rolfing Structural Integration

January 3, 2015

(0:00) In today’s video, I’m going to talk about shoulder pain:
(0:03) different types of shoulder pain – a very common reason why people would come into
(0:07) my office – and how structural integration addresses
(0:11) shoulder pain,specifically, what we can do for it,
(0:14) and what are some of the causes of shoulder pain. So
(0:18) there are various different types of shoulder pain and the first thing to do
(0:21) is to determine which type of pain that you have. Is it
(0:25) pain in the upper deltoid and the frontal deltoid muscle,
(0:29) when you raise your arm this way or
(0:33) this way do you have pain kind of on the
(0:36) the corner of your shoulder here,
(0:40) or on the front of your shoulder, or on the back up your shoulder?
(0:44) I use this test, this test,
(0:48) and this test to look at mobility,
(0:52) ability of your body to raise your arm
(0:55) or not – some people are unable to raise their arm passed say here or here
(1:00) because they either have pain, or they have restriction, or they have pain and
(1:04) restriction – it’s important to determine which one is which. Some people have pain
(1:09) behind the shoulder in one of the rotator cuff muscles –
(1:14) that’s a different situation – and some people have pain from impingement
(1:19) inside the joint itself, or bursitis.
(1:23) Now bursitis – probably not something I can help,
(1:27) but it’s good to know ahead of time what you’ve got going on.
(1:30) In general
(1:34) what happens with the shoulder is the shoulders tend to generally get rounded forward
(1:38) and as they get rounded forward, these front pectoral muscles are
(1:43) overpowering
(1:44) these rear shoulder muscles and so the shoulder girdle gets pulled forward.
(1:50) This always happens to some extent because these muscles are inherently
(1:54) stronger and will always be stronger
(1:56) and they will be more stimulated than these muscles behind the shoulder. So there is a
(2:00) tendency for the shoulder to roll forward.
(2:02) Once the shoulders roll forward posturally,
(2:05) that affects the curve in your upper spine so it kinda of exacerbates the
(2:09) problem and makes it worse.
(2:10) Then these muscles, because they’re inherently stronger
(2:15) and shorter now have much more leverage
(2:19) than these muscles back here. So these muscles tend to get overworked
(2:22) and they tend to get torn-up. The same goes for
(2:26) the frontal deltoid. If the shoulders rolled forward you have to use this muscle
(2:32) more to raise your arm because your trunk muscles are not able to assist
(2:37) because the shoulder girdle is out of alignment.
(2:40) It’s out of alignment such that these muscles are not able to assist.
(2:44) These big trunk muscles are not able to assist
(2:47) with the raising of the arm. So the key
(2:51) to most shoulder pain – that is frontal deltoid,
(2:54) top of the deltoid, rotator cuff injuries –
(2:58) most of those injuries are resolved by getting the shoulder girdle
(3:02) back in line – that is opening up the chest and stimulating the muscles back
(3:07) here. The very first session of structural integration
(3:10) does that. It starts that process. Now,
(3:14) again, I suggest that when people think about structural integration and they
(3:19) see that it’s a 10 session series,
(3:21) not to be
(3:24) discouraged by that or to hesitate because
(3:28) “gosh it’s ten sessions, I don’t now”, but to come in and try
(3:32) one session and in one session if you don’t feel a difference,
(3:36) it probably doesn’t make sense for you to do the rest of them, but if you do feel a
(3:41) difference, it might make sense for you to do the rest of them. So try one session of
(3:46) structural integration
(3:47) and see if we can get that shoulder back into a better alignment
(3:50) so that someone your pain in your range of motion limitations are relieved.

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