Alan Larson went from being an active tennis player who also loved carrying his young son on his back, to a position of painful restricted should movement, where he could no longer play tennis, or lift his son. After several sessions, "... there was a steady, incremental increase in my ability to do things. I remember being able to pick up Griffin for the first time in months during this period. It was wonderful! McKeithan said he thought I could get back on the tennis court now, but that I should start slowly. Sometime in June -- I think that was the seventeenth session -- Iíd played several sets of tennis in that one week, and actually won several!"
From PubMed, a governmental website open to the public : "Adhesive capsulitis, also termed "frozen shoulder," is controversial by definition and diagnostic criteria that are not sufficiently understood.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ---Department of Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel.
The term "frozen shoulder" is most usually given to a condition wherein the patient is unable to move an arm though a full range of motion in one or more¬†directions without¬†severe pain.¬†¬†¬†Everyday activities such as fastening¬†clothing in the back, passing objects¬†from in front to behind, reaching down items from a shelf above are excruciatingly painful, or just not possible.
The physical condition is said to be one of¬†adhesion of fascia in the area of the rotator cuff, fascia being the tissue that infuses and surrounds muscle fibers.¬† In other words,¬†muscle segments become literally stuck together, so that an attempt at movement is powerfully resisted, thus brings pain.¬† We have found that not only adhesion but the state of fascia is vital, and must be addressed (see About Bowen Therapy for in-depth discussion).¬† Beyond that, there is a set of overlaid patterns of movement that resides in the system (brain, nerves, fascial network, muscle fibers) that must be addressed also.
The usual medical treatments¬†are one of the following:
¬†A team of medical personnel hold the patient's trunk stable while¬†violently yanking the arm, thus separating the muscles from their adhesion.¬† There is approximately one year of recovery, including physical therapy.
Surgery, which separates the fascial tissue by scalpel and other instruments.¬† Recovery time and procedure are similar to the above.
We address frozen shoulder with several of the tools at our disposal, in the process of peeling multiple layers of mis-direction of active tissue movements away to restore proper sequencing.¬† Most of these processes are described elsewhere in the website (see Muscle Memory Release, Reiki & Huna)with the exception perhaps of Ortho-Bionomy©, which might be described as moving the body in a specific direction, observing/feeling/assessing the result, then moving the body part¬†in the direction it wants to go.
This treatment can be lengthy, but it works. We have, for example two clients who are middle-aged adult men who came to us for help.¬† One wanted to get back to throwing a football around with his wife (yes, that's what they like to do), another who was really eager to return to playing tennis, an activity he sorely missed.¬† Both are indeed doing what they came to us wanting to do.¬† The latter's story is currently on the site (click on link above)¬†¬† We'll add the other as time permits.