Subscapularis and Infraspinatus: Keys to Frozen Shoulder and More (eCourse)


Frozen shoulder is a term used to describe a range of conditions, all of which can be treated very successfully with Clinical Thai Bodywork techniques. This 1-hour course walks you through a detailed guide for treating two of the most important muscles for all shoulder pain, and frozen shoulder in particular. Travell & Simons in their landmark Trigger Point Handbook identify the subscapularis as the likely initiator of even advanced conditions identified as adhesive capsulitis, as well as a regional cascade of trigger point referral that forms what is often identified as frozen shoulder. Chuck Duff has successfully treated hundreds of cases of frozen shoulder and severe shoulder pain, and has developed an approach that can produce dramatic results, often in the first session.

Shoulder pain is one of the most common issues facing modern therapists, because our lifestyle conspires to place the shoulders under many varieties of postural asymmetry and load. This course is the most in-depth coverage of these two muscles that Chuck has ever presented, and includes common perpetuators for subscap and infra – along with a highly detailed, multi-step treatment approach.

One of the core principles of CTB is that we must not just treat muscles but observe and treat movement behavior across joints. Muscles operate as a part of multiple systems, related in such ways as agonist/antagonist function and satellite referral. We can see frozen shoulder as an adaptation on the part of the body to an initial condition in which pain is experienced upon movement. Over time, muscles are recruited to splint and lock down movement of this relatively unconstrained joint due to an internal perception of "injury". This creates an environment in which taut fiber development increases with increasing stagnation.

This course goes into detail on how we treat these two muscles as a highly linked system. Mastery of subscap and infra will give you an amazing key for success in treating shoulder pain, including the daunting diagnosis of frozen shoulder.

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