SHOULDER PAIN - TRIGGER POINT OVERVIEW
Shoulder problems affect 25% of the population. Trigger point therapy can be very effective for treating a range of shoulder problems, including rotator cuff tendinopathy, tendonitis, bursitis, and frozen shoulder syndrome. Here we present a basic shoulder protocol, which should yield good results as part of a wider treatment program, for most common shoulder problems.
STEP 1 Study the anatomy and direction of the muscle fibers.
STEP 2 Sitting ICT to:
STEP 3 Massage area generously.
STEP 4 Side-lying ICT to:
Deltoid—stroking upward only and pausing on trigger points
Teres minor—letting hand fall off the bed
STEP 5 Supine ICT to: Pectoralis minor, and to infraspinatus (STP). Initially this can be very painful, but ask patient to let their shoulder gently fall backward onto your applicator, with deep breathing.