A good example of this is fraying of the supraspinatus tendon,
also known as a rotator cuff tear. Repairing the tear, which may have
little or no contribution to the pain experienced, fails to address
either the pain or the original cause of the tear (assuming there wasn’t
a specific event such as an accident).
and taut fibers in the supraspinatus muscle belly cause pain in the
lateral shoulder, causing it to bunch up, shortening and pulling the
head of the humerus into the glenoid fossa. This reduces joint space
underneath the acromion, which then mechanically rubs on the vulnerable
supraspinatus tendon. The pain and trigger points remain long after the
healing of the tendon.
Whatever the initial cause of
shoulder pain, I see frozen shoulder as a process of adaptation, a
seemingly sensible response of the nervous system to protect the
shoulder from further “injury”. This is borne out in repeatedly in
practice when we unravel the system of adaptations and the pain goes
Make Shoulder Pain A Memory.
pain is not very difficult once you understand where it comes from.
Unfortunately, the medical system and nearly all alternative
practitioners are uninformed about the true origins of pain. Using our
system, you can take control of your own pain.
enough, pain is a mystery to the medical profession. Our medical system
is still in the middle ages in terms of understanding pain, which is why
we have over 65,000 people a year dying of opiate overdose in the US.
a high percentage of addicts begin with a prescribed opiate, and much
of it is unnecessary. Pain is assumed by the medical establishment to
always be a product of injury or disease, but this is just plain wrong.
am a trigger point therapist, and it has been demonstrated in repeated
studies as well as my own 7 years of clinical experience, the vast
majority of pain is from muscles that have developed trigger points.
Trigger Points: Extremely Common and Easily addressed
points, which are responsible for most pain, are small areas of
stagnation in muscle tissue that develop in response to chronic or acute
stresses on muscles.
They aren’t injuries, but they
commonly send pain to other areas (pain referral) in a way that can feel
very much like an injury. This fools everyone – doctors, PTs, most
While the pain can be severe, trigger
points are fairly easy to correct. And much of it can be done as part of
a self-care approach. The techniques aren't difficult – what's
important is knowing what muscles to treat and in what order.
An Example: Front of Shoulder Pain