Dennis C. Stephens, RMT, NMT, CST, LDT, VMT
Advanced Therapy Center
800 Bering, Ste 227
Houston TX 77057
Shoulder, Arm and Hand Therapy
Massage Therapy Center frozen shoulder is a speciality. Many
reasons can cause frozen shoulder as stated. The solutions are to
have all muscles in the shoulder and back released using Neuromuscluar
therapy and gradually restore range of motion
stretches. Stablization of nerve packages with
CranioSacral will expedite the healing process. The frozen
shoulder process of therapies will usually require serveral times
weekly depending on the serverity of the problem. In most case
therapy has proven very successful in range of motion restration and
Shoulder, Arm and Hand Therapy
better understand shoulder problems and injuries, you may want to
review the anatomy and function of the shoulder. The shoulder is a
ball-and-socket joint with three main bones: the upper arm bone
(humerus), collarbone (clavicle), and shoulder blade (scapula). These bones are held together by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion
of any joint in the body. Because of this mobility, the shoulder is at
risk for injury and problems. Theacromioclavicular (AC) joint, which lays over the top of the shoulder, is also at risk for injury.
Obivously shoulder tightness and pain will relate to arm problems and usually hand and finger problems as listed below:
Finger, Hand & Wrist Pain
has had a minor finger, hand or wrist injury that causes pain or
swelling at one time or another. Most of the time our body
movements do not cause problems but it is not surprising symptoms
devleop from everyday wear and tear overuse or an injury.
Finger, Hand or wrist injuries and pain most commonly occur during:
*Sports or recreational activities.
*Work related tasks.
*Work or projects around the home.
risk of finger, hand or wrist injury and pain is higher in the contact
sports such as wrestiling, football, or soccer. Sprots that
require wieght bearing on the hands and arms increase the risk of
injury and pain.
The Advanced Massage Therapy approach to the
pain and discomfort finger hand & wrist are finding the cause of
the problem and associated muscles or legiments that are contributing
to the condition. Usually the reason unless a specific injury,
are stress, improper posture, sleeping or working habits that
inflame areas of pain. After discovery is completed then proper
combination of therapy will be applied as needed. The recommended
therapies for finger, hand and wrist are NeuroMuscular, CranioSacral
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
people might think hat corpal tunnel syndrome is a conditon of the
information technologh age, born from long hours of computer
keyboarding. But carpal tunnel syndrome is nothing new.
Evidence of people experiencing symtoms of carpal tunnel syndrome ocurs
in medical records datingback to the beginning of the 20th century.
by bones and ligaments, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passgeway,
about as big as you tunb, on the palm side of the wrist. This
tunnel protects a main nerve ( Median nerve) to you and and nime
tendons that bend you fingers. Prssure placd ont ehnerve roduces
the numbness, ain and evetually hand weakness that characterize carpal
Fortunately, for most people who develop
carpal tunnel syndrome, proper treatment usually can relivev the pain
and numbness and restor normal use of the wrists and hands.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Symptoms
tunnel syndrome typically statts gradually, with a vague aching in you
wrist that can extend to your hand or forearm. Other common
sighns and symptoms include:
*Tingling or numbness in your
fingers or hand, especially your thumb, index, middle or ring finger,
but not your little finger. This sensation often
occurs while driving a vehicle or holding a phone or a newspaper,
or upon awakening.
*Pain radiating or extending from your wrist
up your arm to your shoulder or down into your palm or fingers,
especially after forceful or repetitive use. This usually occurs
on the front (palm) side of your forearm.
*A sense of weakness in your hands and a tendency to drop objects.
*A constaant loss of feelings in some fingers. This can occur in the conditon is advanced.
Carpal Tunnel - Causes
casue of carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure put on the median
nerve. The medain nerve is mixed nerve, meaning it has a
senory function and also provides nerve signals to move your muscles.
(motor function). The median nerve provides sensatin to
your thumb, index finger middle finger and the middle side of the ring
finger. Pressure on the nerve can stem from anything that reduces
the space for it in the carpal tunnel. Causes might include
anything from bone spurs to the most common cause, which is swelling or
thickening of the lining and lubrication layer (synovium) of the
tendons in you carpal tunnel.
The exact cause of the swelling
usually is not known, but a variety of conditions and factors can paly
a role. Some examples include rheumatoid arthritis, certain
hormaonal disorders, such as diabetis thyroid disorders and menopause,
fluid retension dut to pregnancy, or deopsitis of amyloid, and admormal
protein produced by cells in you bone marrow.
flexing and extending of the tendons in the hands and wrists,
particular hen done forcefully and for prolonged periods with rest,
also can increase prssure within the carpal tunnel. Injury to you
wrist can cause swelling that exerts pressure on the median nerve.
characteristics also may play a role. It may be that your carpal tunnel
is more narrow than average. Carpal tunnel syndrome my be
associated with people who have square wristis, where the width and
thickness are about the same, versus the more common rectangular
wirist, other less common causes include generalized nerve problem or
pressure on the median nuerve at more than one location.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
conditioncan often be treated by avoiding activities that irritate
the wrist, applying ice, wearing a night splint and taking
antiinflammatory medications. Avoiding caffeine, alchol and
tabacco, strengthening the arms and shoulders and increasing intake of
vitamin B6 may also help. Best to have therapy that stretch
the muscles and tendons, and which increases the flow of lymphic fluids
away from the inflammed area of the carpal tunnel.
Massage Therapy will provide therapies and relaxaniques which help
with chronic pain that occurs with muscles and joints. Providing
posture and weight distribution techniques designed for
strengthening, stretching and balancing the upper body, shoulders,
neck, arm and fingers. AMTC is decicated to enable you body to
return to its greatest level of performance.
is inflammation or irritation of a tendon — any one of the thick
fibrous cords that attach muscles to bone. The condition, which causes
pain and tenderness just outside a joint, is most common around your
shoulders, elbows and knees. But it can also occur in your hips and
Some common names for tendonitis are tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, pitcher's shoulder, swimmer's shoulder and jumper's knee.
tendonitis is severe and leads to the rupture of a tendon, you may need
surgical repair. This is especially true if the rupture is in the
Achilles tendon, the tendon just above the heel. But many times, rest
and medications to reduce pain and inflammation may be the only
treatments you need. You can also take simple preventive measures to
reduce your chance of developing tendonitis or to keep it from
affecting your normal range of motion in joints such as your shoulder.
Tendonitis – Symptoms
Tendinitis produces the following symptoms near a joint that is aggravated by movement:
Pain Tenderness Stiffness
Tendonitis in various locations in your body produces these specific types of pain:
This type causes pain on the outer side of your forearm near your elbow when you rotate your forearm or grip an object.
This form causes pain just above your heel.
This type leads to pain in your groin.
In this type, you experience pain just below your kneecap
This form leads to shoulder pain.
the sheath of tissue that surrounds the tendon becomes scarred and
narrowed, it may cause the tendon to lock in one position, such as in
the condition called trigger finger. The pain of tendonitis is usually
worse with activities that use the muscle that is attached to the
Tendonitis – Prevention
To reduce your chance of developing tendonitis, follow these suggestions:
activities that place excessive stress on your tendons, especially for
prolonged periods. For example, long or intense periods of uphill
running can contribute to Achilles tendinitis. If you notice pain
during a particular exercise, stop and rest.
Mix it up
one exercise or activity causes you a particular, persistent pain, try
something else. Cross-training can help you mix up an impact-loading
exercise, such as running, with lower-impact exercise, such as biking
Improve your technique
your technique in an activity or exercise is flawed, you could be
setting yourself up for problems with your tendons. Consider taking
lessons or getting professional instructions when starting a new sport
or using exercise equipment.
Before you exercise, take time to stretch
proper workplace ergonomics. At your workplace, get a proper ergonomic
assessment. Fitting your workspace to your body is essential to ensure
that no tendons are continually stressed or overloaded.
avoid a recurrence of tendonitis, warm up before exercising and cool
down afterward. Strengthening exercises also may help prevent further
episodes of tendonitis.
The Advanced Massage Therapy Center
is dedicated to enable your body to return to its greatest level of
performance. Our massage therapy sessions provide maximum results
without the use of medication and or surgery; we strive in our massage
therapy sessions to strengthen your body.
What is frozen shoulder?
Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is stiffness, pain, and limited range of movement in your shoulder that
may follow an injury. The tissues around the joint stiffen, scar tissue
forms, and shoulder movements become difficult and painful.
What causes frozen shoulder?
shoulder can develop when you stop using the joint normally because of
pain, injury, or a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or
arthritis. Any shoulder problem can lead to frozen shoulder if you do
not work to maintain full range of motion.