• Shoulder Pain

    Posted on February 2, 2018 by Dawn in Anatomy, bodywork, massage therapy, NCBTMB approved continuing education, Shoulders, SMRT, Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique.

    Shoulder Pain

    I did 4 and a 1/2 hours of bodywork in a 5 hour period this morning. Most of this time was spent on shoulders. One of the clients, a regular, came in and asked me to work on her long standing issues of right lateral lower leg and hip pain. About 20 minutes into the session, she said, “oh yeah, my shoulder hurts too, it woke me up last night.”

    With 15 minutes left in our hour, I went to her shoulder. Her pain complaint was at the lateral anterior aspect of the shoulder at the pectoralis major insertion. I moved to the lateral rib cage and found quite a bit of tension in serratus anterior. She commented on how tender the area was, and any pressure made her slightly flinch.

    SMRT is No Pressure

    One of the nicest things about SMRT is that I do not have to use pressure or place my hands directly on the effected muscle to get relief. I placed my fingers on the inferior angle of the scapula. Then, I positioned the scapula to work serratus anterior and subscapularis. After which, I held the position for about 40 seconds before releasing. I re-palpated serratus anterior, which was much softer, and the client said, “wow, that is so much better.” Next, I felt the pec major attachment and it too was much softer.

    No pain for her, not much effort for me, took only 40 seconds, and lessened the tension in her entire shoulder. Not too bad. I would love to teach you SMRT for the shoulder, axilla, ribcage, & upper back. Please join me in Knoxville, TN from March 23-25, 2018 by registering here.