Shoulder Treatment with Graston Technique


The shoulder is a joint controlled by a bunch
of muscles. Those muscles are determining how the shoulder moves forward and back and
up and down so we can tip, turn, and rotate to get our arm up in the air. Quite commonly
we start getting spasm of the trap, rhomboid and levator muscles that end up pulling our
shoulder blade up and out. We’ve already shown working on the trap and
rhomboid to loosen that area up to help let that scapula drop back down. Very commonly,
we get this outer trapezius muscle, getting muscle spasms tenderness pulling that scapula
up. This ends up changing the angle of the scapula putting more stress and strain out
on that supraspinatus tendon. So many people with rotator cuff syndrome have that as a
result of other muscle groups tightening and spasming, pulling that scapula up, producing
more stress and strain on that tendon. We’re going to work on the outside of the
trap sliding along. We’re putting cocoa butter on the skin so the tool can slide. We’ve already
talked with Alex about keeping me comfortably tolerable. On a scale of 0-10, we should be
at a three or four. If he’s biting his lip, that’s too hard. On the outside of his trap, we’re feeling
a bunch of bumps. Those little bumps are scar tissue nodules and we’re going to break those
up. We’re going to work through this whole trap to the head down through the rhomboids
through here to help get that scapula motion. We’re going to come right up to that sore
spot he has, where that supraspinatus tendon is sore on the outside tip of the shoulder.
Graston is going to help stir up that area, help the area to heal and recover quicker
and faster. It speeds the healing in any muscle tendon injury. So he probably feels a little
bit more tenderness right on that spot. After we end up working this whole shoulder
complex, we’re going to come out and work on some exercises and stretches. We’re going
to increase how well the little muscles, those stabilizer muscles work together. We’re going
to then ice to get rid of some of that inflammation we’ve created and we’re going to help stretch
him out to get more flexibility in that shoulder. Most people respond very quickly to this type
of treatment especially when we combine it with massage therapy.

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