The picture to the left is a turnbuckle, commonly used in construction to draw two opposite ends together without loosening the tension on the opposing ends. How does this relate to Rotator Cuff Syndrome? Very simply this is how the body works. There needs to be a stabilizer in place so the joints distal to the stabilizer to will allow a rotational capability.
A key point to remember here is in movement the brain will set the proximal point (shoulder joint) and literally move from distal to proximal (wrist to shoulder). It is when this system is over ridden that trauma ensues. An example of this would be when someone is using the computer, their hands will be in a pronated (palm facing downward) position, so when the wrist is pronated the head of the humerus needs to shift posterior and this will set the Scapula (shoulder blade) in its' proper position.
Individuals that suffer from chronic shoulder pain will often create microscopic tears in the tendons of the Rotator Cuff Muscles. These tears over a period of time create scarring and limit range of motion more and more. As range of motion is limited the joint becomes more susceptible to severe trauma if needed to move in a fight or flight moment.
What needs to be addressed by both the therapist and individual is proper placement of the ligaments, release of abnormal tension on the skeleton and proper fiber alignment of the tendons and muscles. Muscle Release Therapy, MRTh® addresses these issues in a point specific manner. The Muscle Release Therapy, MRTh® practitioner will assess the improprieties in the musculature by determining where they are in the action potential and assist the neurological connection to complete movement properly. This works opposite of motile movement because it works from the muscle to the ligament and when reset by the brain the ligament is better able to inform the tendons and muscles of their appropriate action.
If the ligamentation of the wrist is not stabilized, the ligamentation of the shoulder will not be able to reset completely. If these two joints are at odds and not moving in opposite directions, the elbow becomes very susceptible to injury. Do you know someone that has chronic Tennis or Golf Elbow? What about someone with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? These are two very treatable areas that will maybe help someone prevent having future surgery.
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