Shoulder pain is a common complaint for many people and becomes more common as we age. A report from 2009 found shoulder injury and pain (especially rotator cuff injury) is becoming more common in the fifth and sixth decades of life and almost 30% of visits to orthopedic clinics are for rotator cuff injuries. The report also states that more than 50% of individuals over 50 have at least a partial thickness rotator cuff tear and are among the most common of orthopedic procedures. Yet many of these surgeries are unnecessary; non-invasive approaches can be exceptionally effective.
Doctors often diagnose shoulder pain as bursitis or arthritis when the real problem is in the rotator cuff. Anti-inflammatory drugs are often prescribed, which treat the symptoms but not the cause. Many times, shoulder pain or movement difficulties cannot be related to any specific injury or incident, but have just gradually gotten worse over time. Too frequently, research and experience indicate close to 90 percent of shoulder pain/rotator cuff dysfunction results from incorrect shoulder mechanics.
The focus of this workshop is to give you the knowledge and tools to correct problems that are causing pain and dysfunction as well as prevent problems in the future.
You will learn:
- What the rotator cuff is and what it does
- What are the symptoms of shoulder problems
- What conditions might be identified as rotator cuff injuries
- What is Scapula-Humeral rhythm and how it impacts shoulder function
- How to assess scapula-humeral rhythm and determine where problems might be starting
- How to find the muscles of the rotator cuff
- How to provide care for the muscles of the rotator cuff through massage, pressure balls and stretching.
- How to perform strengthening exercises to prevent further injury.
- Explore strategies to prevent further injuries
- This class also provides valuable tools for trainers, massage therapists, athletes and anyone curious about ways to protect or heal their shoulders.
What you should bring:
- Massage table
- Wear comfortable clothing that allows access to the shoulder
Michelle Burns has been a massage therapist since 1992 and has focused her practice on working with medically compromised clients. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, she worked as a registered nurse and later, as a health recovery specialist. Michelle has studied with numerous well-known therapists as well as body physiology specialists to provide her the tools to make a difference. She has been teaching for over 10 years and her classes are full of information and opportunities to explore. She currently has a massage and health recovery consulting business in Austin.