There are so many things I want to write about, but since I mentioned a muscle related to the shoulder joint in a previous post (The Infraspinatus), I figured I might as well continue with the same theme.
To start, pathology is the precise study and diagnosis of disease, which I obviously do not specialize in. Pathologies can cause individuals a lot of distress and here are just a couple linked to the shoulder that I have come across with clients in my own practice…
Impingement Syndrome – Also known as rotator cuff tendonitis. This syndrome is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain and dysfunction. Repetitive movements of the arm in over-the-head positions (i.e. baseball, tennis, lifting weights, swimming, painting, carpentry work, etc.)—or holding the arm in the same position for a long period of time or a direct blow or stretch injury—can cause continuous pinching of the rotator cuff tendons (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, teres minor). This can then cause inflammation and result in pain. If movement is continued despite the pain, a tendon may degenerate near the attachment and ultimately tear away from the bone resulting in a not-so-welcome rotator cuff tear.
Torn Rotator Cuff – This injury is pretty self-explanatory, but nevertheless, is diagnosed when one or more of the rotator cuff tendons tear away from the head of the humerus. OUCH, not so funny if you ask me—pun intended! Most tears of this nature occur in the supraspinatus muscle and tendon, but other muscles and tendons can be involved as well.
Do you have shoulder problems? Have you been diagnosed with one of the above mentioned ailments? If so, PNMT can help! It won’t mend an actual tear, but it will lengthen shortened muscles, thus relieving tension on the tendons and increasing range of motion.
All in all, before taking the surgery route followed by lots and lots of post-op rehabilitation—unless of course it’s absolutely 100% without-a-doubt necessary per a medical professional—I highly recommend giving this non-invasive option a whirl.
NOTE: Due to a much anticipated upcoming vacation, I may not be posting on here for 2-3 weeks. 🙂
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“Neutral balance alignment is key to becoming pain-free” ~ Me
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