Frozen Shoulder and Shoulder Pain

Most often, the true root problem with shoulder issues stems not from the shoulder itself, but from somewhere else in the body. The shoulder complaint is, therefore, a side-effect of the primary pathology.

Here is an example; Shoulder muscles attach from the top of your arm to the neck, mid-back, lower back, and ribs. They all work together as a single-functional unit. So, if one area is not operating properly, the other areas immediately get affected too.

Commonly, the upper/mid part of your spine gets misaligned. It becomes either twisted, too rounded, flat or even stuck in a reverse curve. This misalignment becomes the cause of many shoulder issues and needs correcting or the shoulder never gets better. In fact, the entire body works as a single unit, so any biomechanical issue can affect any other part of your body.

Explaining shoulder pain
Latisimuss Dorsi can cause a lot of shoulder problems as it attempts to stabilize your lower back

Another example is if you have a lower back misalignment. Commonly, this looks like your lower back is over-arching, your pelvis will tilt forward, your lower abdomen will stick out and your knees will lock out into extension. In order to stabilize the area, a big muscle called latissimus dorsi can get very tight and this disturbs normal shoulder motion as it will overpower all the other muscles. Most people work on this issue by strengthening, stretching, massaging, foam rolling, taping, etc. This does not fix the problem as latissimus dorsi will keep contracting until the lower back is re-aligned. P.s. Foam rolling on your spine makes it worse in the long run as it pushes the spine out of alignment! 

What is needed is for all the possible biomechanical causes to be identified and corrected using a full-body correction protocol like the one I use – Advanced BioStructural Correction.

Your clavicle is affected by the alignment of the top-most ribs

Rounded shoulders? The position of your shoulders is linked to the position of your top-most ribs. What I do is reset the first ribs so your shoulders immediately move back towards their neutral position. They stay there with no effort from you. I also correct the position of any bones in the body that are causing the crookedness. This ultimately improves your posture and massively improves shoulder motion and comfort – allowing you to relax and stop holding your shoulders. 

Another great benefit of this is that your nerves work better (due to a decrease in spinal cord tension), increasing muscle strength and feedback. It also reduces compression of the chest cavity, and your active muscle involvement when breathing; improving your cardiovascular ability and reducing overall stress.

All this without any exercises, stretching, painful massage, taping, needles, surgery, and so on. 

Remember that posture is passive so if you are having set your shoulders (i.e. actively pull them back), you are wasting energy, changing the normal movement pattern, reducing spinal mobility and not addressing the cause. When I start working with clients, most will notice an immediate and significant difference in their shoulder position and mobility from the first correction. 

Improved shoulder position, chest shape and over posture – standing relaxed

As we continue through the renewal journey, they can return very quickly to exercises they have been avoiding and make serious gains now that their body functions more like it should.

Ultimately, the entire body ends up working great, feeling light and without complaint. Would you like your body to do the same?

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