Common shoulder problems include tendonitis, bursitis, impingement, rotator cuff dysfunction, and frozen shoulder. All of these are soft tissue injuries that can be helped with Active Release Techniques and the ARP Machine. The most common cause of shoulder pain is muscular imbalance leading to dysfunction of proper shoulder motion, weakness, instability and scar tissue build-up. This muscle imbalance can lead to tears in the rotator-cuff, joint capsule, and the labrum (cartilaginous ring surrounding the shoulder joint).

Muscular imbalance can lead to shoulder pain as I described above. Here are a few more common causes of shoulder pain:

-Repetitive motion of the shoulder.

-Acute trauma to the shoulder.

-Muscular restrictions in the arm, back, and neck.

-Scar tissue build-up as a result of surgery.

-Increased physical activity.

Motion of the scapula (shoulder blade) must be assessed. There are 15 major muscles attached to the scapula, or which 9 help to control shoulder motion, the other six are there to stabilize the scapula itself.

Past treatment methods generally require lots of rest and long periods or therapy before they can provide significant relief. Most often this is only a temporary fix as it only addresses the symptoms rather than the cause of injury. For example, medications provide symptomatic relief by blocking pain caused by a pinched nerve, but does not release the impingement (Are you suffering from shoulder pain or an advil deficiency?)  Once activity is resumed the problem will reoccur.

The ARP (Accelerated Recovery and Performance) machine locates areas of scar tissue build-up and sends a current into the muscle driving inflammation out and forcing the muscle to relax and elongate (no other machine in the world can do this). This lengthening restores full pain-free range of motion to that muscle. ART then treats the cause of the soft-tissue injury  (ligament, muscle, tendon, nerve and fascia) by breaking up the restrictive adhesions, restoring normal tissue movement and restoring strength, flexibility and stability to the shoulder. Specific stretching and strengthening exercises will be prescribed to the patient in order to prevent this problem from occurring again.