This patient was complaining of left shoulder pain. She is the partner in a dog grooming business, which involves repetitive movements using her hands, arms and shoulders, sometimes to lift very big and heavy dogs. She is left-handed, so uses this side more during her working day. In addition she was a frequent sufferer of headaches and migraines. Continue reading to see how this patient was assessed and treated at Balance-Rite Osteopathy Clinic.
Using our Macroscopic, mechanical diagnostic approach, assessment revealed:
- Her left shoulder was held much higher on the left (see her left shoulder above the blue line in the left photograph – sitting through the centre of her shoulder tattoo)
- The muscles of the left shoulder, upper half of her spine and between the left shoulder blade and up into the neck, were contracted and tight
- The vertebrae in her upper and mid spine can be clearly seen, creating a side bend away from the red line
- Her pelvis is rotated and side-shifted to the right (no gap between right arm and hip/pelvis)
Microscopic Examination revealed
Chronic somatic dysfunction in her mid and upper spine and the attaching soft tissues, with an unbalanced and unequal distribution of strain and tension being placed through them. These areas were very immobile and the spine was no longer working as one whole functioning unit, but in segmented parts. The soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia) had lost there ‘elastic’ quality and these areas were no longer able to provide the stability and shock absorption to the spine, neck and head, as effectively as they should. The pelvic side-shift meant that the lumbar spinal vertebrae were twisted, with no level, solid foundation to sit on. Her whole spine and body mechanics were being affected and along with her shoulder pain, was also responsible for her headaches.
By using our whole body approach to treatment, the pain in her shoulder resolved after a only a few sessions.
As this patient’s livelihood is very dependent on her arms and shoulders functioning well and without pain, she decided to continue with a course of treatment to correct the root cause of her problem, the rotations and side-bending through her pelvis and spine.
The right photograph shows the benefits of corrective whole body adjustment. Her left shoulder is no longer higher, the blue line is now level with both shoulders and much higher than her shoulder tattoo. The pelvis is more central, with more of a gap between her right arm and pelvis, and the spine sits more centrally along the red spinal line.
Since starting treatment at Balance-Rite Osteopathy Clinic she has not experienced shoulder pain again and she has also reported that her back has never felt better. An added benefit has been far less frequent headaches than she had been having before starting treatment.