• Can SMRT Be Used on the Arm?

    Posted on September 29, 2017 by Full Circle in Arm & Hand, bodywork, Elbow, Massage Therapy Continuing Education, NCBTMB approved continuing education, Shoulders, SMRT, Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique.

    Recently I spent an entire day working on arms. The first woman I worked on was a client I have seen for about the past 6 months for an ankle break that required 3 metal plates. She had a second accident and broke her proximal radius about a year ago. That required an L shaped metal piece and several very long screws. The metal was causing her pain, limited motion, and a shortening of the flexor digitorum muscle at the elbow that was causing nodules to develop on the tendons on her hand. Multiple times she had experienced an inability to extend her fingers.

    Using SMRT After Surgery

    She had the metal removed a few weeks ago. Her arm is moving much better. The tissue at the elbow and proximal forearm was inflamed. It only took 10 minutes with SMRT to reduce the inflammation and reduce the tension throughout the forearm. She experienced increased ROM and less pain when we were done.

    SMRT Requires Understanding of How the Body is Connected

    The second client is my dental hygienist. She has been having tingling and numbness in her right hand, pain at the right elbow, and limited movement in her right shoulder. This was her first appointment with me. The proximal end of her right humerus was stuck in internal rotation and shifted toward an anterior plane while the distal end of her right humerus was stuck in external rotation and shifted toward a posterior plane. Her proximal ulna, at the olecranon, was shifted into pronation and shifted laterally.

    The pattern at the distal end of the humerus coupled with the pattern of the proximal ulna was shortening anconeus, which was exactly where her elbow pain was. The divergent pattern in the proximal humerus and the distal humerus were causing the limited movement in her shoulder. Her right upper rib cage was shifted posterior and her right scapula was in a forward tilt, which was shortening pectoralis minor. This, the elbow pattern, or the fact that the space between her clavicle and first rib was decreased could have been causing the nerve impingement.

    After working her entire right arm and shoulder, spending 15 minutes on the left arm and shoulder and 10 minutes on her neck, I left her to get dressed. She came down a few minutes later and reported no elbow pain, no tingling or numbness, and full ROM of her shoulder.

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