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Date:October 09, 2012


NOT just a solo joint, but instead a very complicated ‘complex’ of 4 joints, the ‘shoulder’ is unique due to its many inter relationships with other areas: the spine/neck and back, the rib cage, diaphragm, the arm (elbow and hand), and vast network of nerves known as the brachial plexus. It provides a lot of motion and does a lot for us which makes it vulnerable to a lot of problems. Thus its functional use is not isolated to one joint but almost always involves many of the above associated areas, making treatment challenging. Chronic shoulder pain can also be linked to unresolved visceral restrictions as well as more serious spinal conditions. Manual treatment is in my opinion the only way to adequately treat a shoulder problem augmented by exercise and of course, functional neuromuscular retraining.