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Back and knee pain are the leading motivators for people to “finally do something” because problems there threaten your ability to get around and keep independent. Shoulders though? They tend to get overlooked, and they really shouldn’t be.
In today’s society, it’s easy to get by with quite a lot of loss of shoulder movement. I mean, putting on coats and reaching high shelves aside, who needs to worry much about shoulder mobility? But when shoulder problems lead to numb or tingling hands, the inability to sleep because of pain, or constant aching in the shoulder or neck, you start to realize that shoulder health matters a bit more than you might have thought.
And if you’re suffering with a painful and debilitating frozen shoulder, you know how bad it can get! It’s surprisingly easy to end up here.
We all want to feel great and keep going. Over time, though, the events of life catch up and you find yourself with sharp pains, dull aches, and stiff and limited movement as your shoulders start to demand your attention. Maybe it makes you wonder if something’s going to give out and leave you unable to do more than just shuffle around. Fear, anxiety, and frustration can set in as you continue to push through while wondering how much longer you will be able to do the things you love, or even keep going at all. Or maybe you have already been stopped in your tracks?
Does this sound too familiar?
You do NOT have to accept that your body is meant to break down or is going to hurt for the rest of your life!
Here is the problem: The current approach to health and wellness has trained us to think that there is a point in life where the body will just break down. We are expected to accept that over time our shoulders will gradually lose mobility, start to ache, get stiff, and get worse. And when it does, our options quickly become limited to medication to dull pain, surgery to fix torn and worn out parts, or ignoring it and pushing through.
People rarely talk about where that approach leads. You will still have a body that feels like it is betraying you and you will be trapped in the mentality that you just have to live with it while managing the symptoms as best as possible. Sadly, that approach does lead to stiffer, less mobile shoulders. It’s kind of self-fulfilling.
What if there was another option?
No one should have to spend years, months, or even another day of worry and concern about a shoulder that can't be trusted in a body that is breaking down and hurting. You've likely spent too long already trying to figure things out and been let down by the healthcare system. You may feel trapped by the fear, frustration, and lack of control over your life that happens when you are stuck in pain, dependent on medications, and working around the limitations and problems in your shoulder(s), unable to do what you want.
Stop getting jerked around by the ups and downs of trying everything only to be let down again. And don't spend another dime on things that aren't working.
Life is meant to be enjoyable. And for shoulder pain, there is something better than medication, injections, surgery, and endless stretching and exercises that don't help. Our bodies can and ought to work well. You can stop the madness.
Consider that your body is wiser than you've appreciated
Let us help you reconnect with that wisdom. As you do, you will learn to heal in ways you have not been able to allow until now. And you will start to feel good again.
The Approach You Have to Life and Your Body Matters
It never ceases to amaze me when I hear people with shoulder problems tell me how they’ve been told to keep “pushing” the range of movement. They have to “break through” the scar tissues or they’re going to lose movement, maybe even end up with a frozen shoulder. Nevermind that such aggressive forcing of a troubled body part often causes even more pain and protective bracing, making a frozen shoulder more likely! And when people are unable to get their shoulders moving despite the advice to break up scar tissue? The well meaning physicians’ best answer is to resort to general anaesthetic to “knock you out” so you can’t feel it when they wrench your shoulder through its range of motion to break up those scar tissues for you! In a hope that it will heal up again with more movement! Really?! It boggles my mind.
I get it, I understand why that’s the thinking. But that approach only makes sense when you’re not paying attention to the fact that the body and subconscious mind protect themselves. Subconscious protection and bracing matter. Ignore and force through them at your peril. You are not a machine and cannot be treated like one. Not very successfully, anyway.
It’s a bit of a soapbox of mine, my apologies! But it illustrates the point, your approach to life and your body, matter.
Instead of forcing the tissues, we support them so that your subconscious protections can let go and allow access to the deeper, troubled layers of tissue that need help. It’s a world of difference in results.
Valerie suffered from a painful frozen shoulder for about six months before she came to see us. She’d done a lot of physical therapy and massage, and her range of movement had increased but… her shoulder hurt all the time and the pain was keeping her awake at night. The physical therapist was focusing on range and strengthening but progress was slow and Valerie was struggling to manage.
She’s not even sure what led to her problems in the first place. There was a fall previously, but her arm just started hurting more and more until it froze up and she could hardly move it.
We helped her regain full mobility and pain free use of her shoulder. From the first moment we worked with her, she could tell the difference in the approach, and soon could see that finally something was helping.
Robert was another one who came to us with a frozen shoulder. He’d been experiencing pain and loss of strength along with very limited movement for four years. He’d had surgery to stop the shoulder from frequently “falling out of joint,” which it’d been doing since a previous injury. Physical therapy wasn’t helping even though they got progressively more aggressive in forcing movement in the shoulder. Robert was having trouble getting dressed and couldn’t reach overhead.
Luckily, someone suggested he try us. Now, he’s reaching overhead easily, his shoulder isn’t hurting, and he’s got the ability to work out again. Once he found someone who was able to work with his body’s attempts to protect his shoulder, he made easy progress.
In both cases, the approach taken made the difference. It always does. Do you want to continue believing that surgery and forcing the tissues are your only options?
Might there be a better way?
The belief you have as to why you hurt determines the solution you attempt
Life isn't a lot of fun when you are stuck with shoulder pain. You try hard. You follow the recommendations of your doctor, your physical therapist, your nutritionist, your online guru, your next door neighbor, the lady selling essential oils, and the Facebook group you just joined. You have a PhD in "google" and you know there is something better than the mentality and physicality you are trapped in! But you are stuck with some beliefs about what is going on and how to best help it.
Is your shoulder really going to continue to break down and hurt until you get (another) surgery, because that’s “just what they do”?
Or are your shoulders and body doing their best and are overwhelmed because they are constantly handling ongoing things that are never resolved?
Could there be a better explanation of shoulder pain, weakness, and loss of mobility that allows for solutions - so that healing, longevity and feeling good are possible?
Like You, We Are Frustrated That Surgery and Injections Are the Most Common Recommendations for Shoulder Pain, Despite Their Lack of Effectiveness at Resolving the Problem
We understand what it's like to feel tired, worried, in pain, and worn out, hoping for a solution that will help your life go better. We know the frustration of searching and trying and failing, wondering if you are the only one struggling. No one should have to wonder how many times your doctor is going to tell you shoulder pain is normal at your age, how many activities you are going to have to modify, or when you should just give up.
Stop Pushing Through Life, Pretending to Be Okay
The vast majority of people suffer with some form of un-resolving pain that limits life and their enjoyment of it for a significant length of time. Shoulder pain is common and, while it might not threaten your ability to “get around,” it’s a too easily dismissed signal of deeper problems that shouldn’t be ignored. The shoulders are easy to overlook, until they don’t work, that is. Many people suffering the limiting and uncomfortable effects of shoulder pain wonder if they will ever feel 'normal' again.
If you believe there is better than you have been told you can expect, keep reading.
You can get back your confidence and trust in your shoulders (and body) and actually feel good as you carry on an enjoyable life. You can live life in a way that does not wear you out and beat you up.
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Advice is everywhere, some of it good, some of it bad. Oftentimes it is the application of the advice that matters most. When it comes to shoulder pain, or any other pain for that matter, the order in which you do things, matters.
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About Release Works Myofascial Therapy Clinic
We believe life is meant to be enjoyed! For far too long, "sick care" and "pain management" have been accepted as the norm. Many people accept far less than what their body is truly meant to experience. We are here to change that. Our vision is to be the place in the Greater Salt Lake Valley that changes people's approach to health, helping people reclaim the potential of the the human body through movement and repair, creating a world where people live with less pain, less fear, and more joy.
Whether you've come looking for help because you've been let down by traditional healthcare and want something better than the "rest and painkillers" option nearly always advised by the doctor, or you're VERY health-conscious and already know that one of our Recovery Programs is your best option, you're about to ENJOY the same transformation in your health as thousands of others who have seen proven results in their ability to regain control of their life with a body that feels great, moves well, and can keep going.
Hear From People Who Feel Great!
I came to Release Works because I had Frozen Shoulder. The name “frozen shoulder” is an understatement: like calling “pneumonia” a “cold”. I renamed it “Flaming hellfire of the arm”, and even that feels inadequate.
Life with frozen shoulder included constant burning pain in the arm, shoulder, and shoulder region, massive loss of range of movement and “Zingers”-- when a motion triggers excruciating waves of bonus pain, leaving me breathless and sobbing. I would get triggered by thoughtless habitual motions, including moving the covers at night, reaching into the washing machine, retrieving a dropped pen on the floor, pulling on a sweater, closing a car hatchback, or just drinking water.
The work that the Release Works therapists did was totally different than the previous therapy I’d experienced. At no point did they push my arm past its limits; instead, they worked diligently within its range of motion to address the problems and enable healing. They worked with the root physical causes of the impairment, walking me through a complicated healing process quite like untangling a knotted ball of yarn. This included work with my shoulder, arm, hand, rib cage, shoulder blade, hips, back, and even skull and foot. They also helped me sort through the emotions that surfaced during healing.
It has been a little over 3 months since I started working with Release Works, and I am back to hiking, climbing, skiing, and yoga on a regular basis. There is still more work to be done, and I think it is important to understand that your body is always changing. This is the exciting part! Through allowing ourselves to unwind and release, becoming more aware, and discovering the changing nature of what is causing us pain, we can experience healing that is lasting.
Robert had shoulder surgery several years ago and physical therapy afterward did not go as well as he would have liked. The surgeon didn’t see progress like he wanted, and the physical therapist was progressively getting more forceful trying to make the shoulder move. Fast forward a few years and Robert began feeling limited in the use of his shoulder, having difficulty with strengthening and lifting. Eventually even getting a shirt over his head became painful, and Robert began researching frozen shoulder. In order to regain the use of his shoulder like he wanted, he narrowed his options down to manipulation under anesthesia, figuring out a program on his own, or see us.
He needed to get a sense of how we address thick and restricted tissues first, and once he did, he was willing to do whatever it took to get his arm moving again.
Now Robert is reaching for his coffee cup in the morning without hesitation and is wondering if we can also help with his sciatica. (**Spoiler alert, yes, we can).
Recently I had surgery to repair a broken collarbone. Because we had future travel plans, the surgeon made it clear that he would not 'release me as a patient' until at least three months after the surgery. I started treatment with both Michael and Vanetta prior to the surgery and continued again a couple of weeks after. At the two month check up, the surgeon stated that my progress was so good that he had not realized it had only been two months. 'I fooled the doctor!' The use of myofascial release techniques and the skill of these two practitioners helped me to heal and gain mobility much faster than expected.
Uncertain What To Do Next?
Continue to get to know us and our approach: Check out our blog posts, follow us on Facebook, watch some YouTube videos, try a workshop, request a FREE guide, talk to a specialist. Take as long as you need here!
When you are ready, schedule an evaluation and treatment session: This will identify the problems contributing to your particular issues, give you answers on how best to move forward, and get you a sense of things you can do immediately to start helping things change.
Choose the program that is right for you: You never take the next step until you feel good about it. We won't oversell you. But if you are being unrealistic in your expectations, we will tell you. The longer things have been troubled, the longer the recovery.
Work the program and integrate change: This is where the pieces are put together in the order that is right for you. This can include calming the 'freak out' mode your body might be stuck in, guided treatment, hands on treatment, self care, mindfulness, unwinding, movement rehabilitation and correction, and strengthening. All of these will require practice, feedback, and repetition for lasting change to occur.
Lose fear, feel better, and regain confidence as you learn to heal in ways you have not allowed until now: This is when you know you have regained control of your life!
Founder of Release Works Myofascial Therapy Clinic
Hi, This is normally where motivational and inspirational words would go. If you've made it here and haven't gotten started, I don't have any words to convince you. But I do have a question. How long are you going to let something get in the way of feeling great?
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