We are experts at treating shoulder pain at our office in Greenville, SC.
We first do a detailed analysis and often show patients issues they had no idea of. One being the lack of mobility of the joints of the rib articulating to the spine.
Many do not know they have “rib joints.” These joints are used for breathing and lunge expansion but are also employed in the movement of the shoulder in multiple ranges of motion and assist the spine in torso rotation which is needed in activities of daily life such as lifting an item overhead into a cabinet or lifting a weight, or performing an overhead motion in a sport.
There is a growing body of research suggesting that rib mobility can play a role in shoulder pain. One study published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy found that patients with shoulder pain had significantly decreased rib mobility compared to those without pain. The study also found that patients who received manual therapy to increase rib mobility had significant improvement in shoulder pain and function.
Another study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies found that patients with rotator cuff injuries had significantly decreased rib mobility compared to healthy controls. The study authors suggest that this may be due to compensatory movements in the rib cage and scapula to accommodate the injured shoulder.
In addition, a review article published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy suggests that assessment and treatment of rib mobility may be an important component of shoulder rehabilitation. The authors note that the ribs and thoracic spine are an important source of stability for the scapula and shoulder, and that dysfunction in this region can contribute to shoulder pain and dysfunction.
Overall, while further research is needed to fully understand the relationship between rib mobility and shoulder pain, these studies suggest that addressing rib mobility may be an important component of comprehensive shoulder rehabilitation.
What we have seen in office over the last 14 years of treatments?
1.)Rib pain can often refer pain to the shoulder and be the silent cause of the aching pain you are getting in your arm.
2.)Lack of rib motion causes the shoulder muscles to “overcompensate.” Causing fascial adhesion and trigger points in the shoulder.
3.) Rib Dysfuction is associated with a “rounded back” which is from loss of Thoracic Extension. Without thoracic Extension the shoulder gets overworked in all motions because the shoulder joint is rotated inwards.
What we do?
By doing a joint manipulation in conjunction with muscle balancing around the rib cage we can restore the normal motion of the shoulder.
We never just do a traditional “Chiropractic” adjustment. We also have specialized joint stimulating tools called an arthrostim as well as joint mobilizations that happen as you dynamically move while sitting.
1.)Our patented Day Method:
is a unique style in which we can softly mobilize to your comfort level, or do a manipulation depending on your bodies needs and your comfort level.
2.) Neurocellular technique:
Your nerves talk to your cells (muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia)
There are nerve fibers embedded in every structure of your body giving feedback to your brain. Most pain is a miscommunication of the nerves or longterm damage of the cellular structure in form of: scar tissue, adhesion, tendinitis, and inflammation.
Our technique balances both of these concepts. This is much more highly specific and targeted than just massage or “digging in” to the muscle.
These techniques are applied behind the scenes at the highest level of sport and we bring them to Greenville, SC, and Greer, SC because we call this wonderful area our outdoor playground and home!
Are you wondering if your Rib Mobility is causing your shoulder pain?
Give us a call 864-448-2073, or email us at:
MountainMovementGVL @ gmail. com