“Pain and swelling in the shoulder are symptoms of musculoskeletal misalignment. They are symptoms of living inside the box. See for yourself how much time you spend there. Make a list of your routine activities: typing, reading, driving, and so on. Note the ones that are carried out in the box and those done outside. The former will probably predominate. Deliberately climb out of the box, and see how long you can remain at large. Time yourself. Most “productive” activity is done inside the box. To escape for any length of time, you’ll find it necessary to have a life that allows you to dance, shadow-box, fool around, and generally act “childlike.”
…“Few people reach directly over their heads more than a couple of times a year, let alone bear any weight in that position. Yet all of us have a carefully calibrated mechanism for doing that. What happens to the mechanism when we don’t use it? The function is lost.”
“Some muscles and joints have distinctive pain signatures, but the shoulders do not. Constant or intermittent, sharp or numb, tingling, burning, or throbbing—the characteristics are varied. Frequently stiffness takes the place of pain. At least twice a week a new client comes into the clinic with an encapsulated or “frozen” shoulder that doesn’t hurt yet refuses to budge beyond a certain point. It doesn’t matter whether there’s stiffness or pain, almost every shoulder problem, with the exception of serious accidents resulting from high impact, is caused by the shoulder being out of proper position. Why is it out of position? The classic reason: Muscles have moved it there. Therefore, before you seek treatment for shoulder pain, it is necessary to get a rough idea of what the shoulder joint is doing in relation to the other load-bearing joints. Most people don’t realize it, but the shoulders are indeed load-bearing joints. They participate with the hips, knees, and ankles in supporting the full weight of the body. A shoulder, for example, will move forward to counterbalance an unstable hip that has slipped to the rear; its mate might move that way, too, or go in the opposite direction, or stay put. If we ignore that context and treat the shoulder in isolation, the problems will persist.