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    I'm constantly dealing w/ rotator cuff issues for various reasons... all tied to being an uke. The last and most harry was when someone put a gawd awful hammerlock on me and slammed me into the mat. That was over a year ago and my rotator hasn't been the same, though I'm pretty positive that it isn't torn. I've been using weights to strengthen the muscle but nothing really seems to do the trick. Have any of you had similar problems? If so, are there any particular exercises that you found really helpful?

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    Camey,
    My fiancee has some fairly bad shoulder issues as well. One thing that does the most good for her is having some deep tissue massage that releases some of the tension and lets her joint move more freely.

    Her massage therapist suggested some stretches, shrugs, rotator flexion, and some development of the upper pectorals to help strengthen the supporting muscles.

    Plus, massage is just a treat.
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    Yes, I'm at the computer pretty much non-stop. Massage always sounds good. Maybe I'll treat myself come payday. Thanks for the reply.
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    Strengthening an injured muscle is often just adding insult and possible injury to an injury. It is like asking a lame horse to run. If I did that to my pet I would be in trouble with all kinds of groups and government agencies.

    If your pain is coming from a myofascial trigger point it would be helpd by treating the affected muscles with compression techniques and stretches rather than strengthening. Where in the shoulder is the pain located? Does it go down the arm or into the neck? Let me know and I'll try to be of some help.

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    Topically applied DMSO and deeep tissue work.
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    I know when I have shoulder problems I ask my chiropractor to give it a nudge. Always does the trick. Of coure Im usually in agony for a week or two before I ask for help v_v*
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    Thanks for all the responses.

    The pain originates on and is pretty much isolated to then the posterior side of my shoulder.

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Finn
    Where in the shoulder is the pain located? Does it go down the arm or into the neck? Let me know and I'll try to be of some help.
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    If the pain in the back of your shoulder is caused by muscles it will limit the ability to raise your arm in front in a circular motion and bring it behind your ear. Try it on both sides. If it does not go behind the ear locate where you feel it being tight. It should pull in the back of your armpit or slightly below the shoulder in the back of the arm. (The muscles are the posterior deltoid, supraspinatus, and both teres muscles) Locate the area of tenderness and place a tennis or racquet ball there. Lay you arm out over a table or on the floor and gently ease your body weight to put pressure on the area of pain. If you feel yourself tightening or holding your breath you are using too much pressure. Hold the pressure for 10-30 seconds. Retest and see if it feels better and you have more range. I need to do this periodically after being struck by a drunk driver. I tried to slap and roll but there was nowhere to role and that area is mostly scar tissue. This treatment keeps me going. If my directions are not clear enough email me and I can see if I can talk you through it. If you pass the test there is another muscular possibility and we can try it! I hope this helps!

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    Thanks so much. That was so thorough. I believe I follow that pretty well. I'll give it a go and report back.

    I'm really sorry to hear about your accident and glad you've found some therapeutic methods for yourself.

    Thanks again.
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    Bad Camey! Using wieghts with an injury....Bad!
    Ever consider going to a Doctor specializing in Sports Medicine? I know from personal experience that ignoring an injury and continueing to work out with it can do serious damage over time. We don't need to lose talented Kenpoist to unnecessary injury...so take care of yourself!
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    I had a rotator cuff injury that bothered me for an entire year.
    The pain ranged from hardly there, to intolerable.
    Do things that make your shoulder feel good.......stay away from things that make it feel bad.
    Sounds simple, right? You'd be surprised how many people carry on with activites that cause problems even when they're aware of them.

    Have a good DC, shiatsu therapist, or massage therapist look at it and determine which muscle it is and develop a plan of action for getting it back in shape.

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    Find a college that offers massage
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    Using wieghts with an injury....Bad!
    Ever consider going to a Doctor specializing in Sports Medicine?
    right on. after talking to the MD, you will more than likely be heading down to your local specialty fitness store to buy resistance tubing. you NEED to start with low resistance. i work for one of the largest specialty fitness companies in the country (not boasting, just saying im in the industry and have for a while)... one of guys here and i both have similar issues. im lucky, hes sold equipment to everyone in the area, so its like having our own medical staff on call
    anywho, i digress

    i suggest calling someone specializing in sports injuries, but if you dont you can always do this.

    buy some resistance tubing (light resistance) it should come with a little nipple thing to attach it to a door. arm at a 90* angle (like riding a bike and signalling a right turn) rotate so your hand is pointing foward to straight up.
    then with your arm at your side and your opposite side to the door, bend at the elbow so your hand is pointing in front of you (like you were going to shake my hand, or hand me a beer) and rotate at your elbow so your hand is pointing away from the door.

    hope it helps

    oh, i havent finished my first cup of coffee yet, so if there are any spelling or grammatical errors... piss off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zer0DazE

    oh, i havent finished my first cup of coffee yet, so if there are any spelling or grammatical errors... piss off
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    sorry, i didnt realize this was a humor free zone.
    my humor is dry like gin, and my sarchasim is thick... especially before my coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zer0DazE
    sorry, i didnt realize this was a humor free zone.
    my humor is dry like gin, and my sarchasim is thick... especially before my coffee.
    just in case you didnt finish your coffee.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zer0DazE
    sorry, i didnt realize this was a humor free zone.
    my humor is dry like gin, and my sarchasim is thick... especially before my coffee.
    KenpoTalk is not a humor free zone, but we do have standards that we take very seriously. One of those standards is to keep the conversation friendly, another is to keep the language clean, there may be children on the site so it is always better to err in the side of caution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackcatbonz
    just in case you didnt finish your coffee.......
    sarcasm*
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