A relatively new method allows a therapist to effectively manipulate specific nerves.
By Michael Uriarte
Photos by Jason Dailey
People want to pull up to the fast-food window and have their food ready without slowing down the car. The same goes for their health. If they can feel just as relaxed and have a greater reduction in pain in less time, they will line up outside your door, so long as they don’t have to wait.
The massage profession is the most giving profession I have experienced. I have observed the wonderful benefits of soft tissue work over the years. Someone once told me that I should have been a therapist instead of a doctor, because I don’t “act” like a doctor. I believe he meant that I was interested in helping the person, not just making money.
Over the years I have seen therapists work long, hard hours, and not see the results with their clients that they wanted. Therapists have told me that their income is limited because they work per minute, and there are only so many minutes in a day. A few years ago, I developed a technique that increases results and only takes a fraction of the time that a therapist normally spends with a client.
Note: This article appeared in Massage Therapy Journal, Summer 2004
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Shoulder complaints can be difficult to treat, especially if you are trying to treat just the joint or a specific muscular problem. However, if you change your treatment mindset to adjust the signals along one nerve pathway, then shoulder problems become easy to fix.
The shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint) is innervated from the brachial plexus, mainly the posterior cord. According to Gray’s Anatomy, the capsule is supplied by the suprascapular nerve c5-6 (posterior and superior parts of the capsule), the Axillary nerve c5-6 (anteroinferior part) and the lateral pectoral nerve c5-7 (anterosuperior part). As you can see the shoulder joint is innervated mainly from the C5 and C6 nerve roots. What I have found over the years is that the most common nerve problem with the shoulder is C5. Occasionally it does take a C6 treatment to clear a shoulder problem, but C5 is the most common.
This article assesses evaluation, and treatment for C5 nerve pathway problems.
Read more: Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Problems