Stretches that Counter Inactivity

Neck, Back and Shoulder Stretch

Lie on a hard, flat surface with your arms outstretched to your sides. Hold for 30-60 seconds and allow your upper back, shoulders and neck to stretch.



What Can Neuromuscular Massage Treat?

Excess tension in muscles causing pain.

Restricted blood flow which delays healing.

Restricted range of motion in the joints limiting activity.

Compression of structures upon nerves causing sharp pain.

Postural distortion caused by overuse of muscles on one side, and underuse on the other.

Referred pain where trigger points of high electrical activity sends pain to other areas of the body.

Massage Can Relieve the Pain and Stiffness of a Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a common shoulder dysfunction that can be addressed using neuromuscular massage techniques.  Although a range of shoulder injuries can be lumped into the category frozen shoulder, the cause of a true frozen shoulder is a scarring, thickening and shrinkage of the capsule following an injury to the rotator cuff or from bursitis or tendinitis.

Injury to the individual tendons within the shoulder area may result in pain or restricted movement, but not usually movement in all directions. Frozen shoulders do not like to rotate naturally. Neuromuscular massage techniques will encourage the relaxation of the muscles surrounding the entire shoulder girdle.

Most people who experience a frozen shoulder have muscles that have become fibrous and shortened due to the limited range of motion in the shoulder. Restoring the proper movement may involve stretching exercises in conjunction with massage.

Unfortunately, there is no simple fix for a frozen shoulder. Often it takes a persistent, regular approach to softening the thickened muscles in order to restore full range of motion.