Background: The shoulder joint consist of the humerus, scapula and clavicle bones and the connective tissues which attach them to the ribs and sternum. The soft tissue consists of the rotator cuff, two bursa and other prominent muscles that work in unison to create great range of motion. Any imbalance of the tissues and the resulting adaptations can be very painful.
Inspection begins with the swing of the arm during gait followed by palpation of these tissues. It then becomes imperative to evaluate those movements with relation to other areas within the body that are under stress. For example, the arm WILL NOT swing properly if the pelvis is stuck in motion.
Signs or Symptoms: Pain with movement or pressure as in sleeping. Limited range of motion. Weakness.
Causes: Most commonly from lack of full use in all range of motions. Repetitive movements causing micro-trauma, injury, and secondary to other bodily dysfunction.
Standard treatment: Pain medications and anti-inflammatories, stabilization, surgery.
Applied Kinesiology Approach: As stated above, the shoulder is a complex joint having multiple influences. Your shoulder will be evaluated and treated for all structural and chemical dysfunctions. Treatment is directed to normalize any muscular imbalance, then to ensure proper coordination of function between the muscles. This restored balance then removes the irritation to the soft tissues that have become inflamed. Adjustments to the involved joints are necessary to normalize overall function. Nutritional therapies aimed at improving factors that would lead to normalizing the functions of the muscles and reducing any inflammation are considered.