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Train in Myofascial Techniques for Neck & Shoulder Pain Conditions

 

Why the Neck & Shoulders are important

The head, neck and shoulders are complex and pain sensitive structures. The shoulder girdle is one of the key centres in the body providing balance and movement for the upper body through myofascial force transmission. The head, neck and shoulders have so much ability to move because of the amazingly diverse range of muscles that support them. Some span across the back and rib cage, some attach to the head, while others extend to the elbow. The shoulder joint in particular is the most mobile in the body allowing for 360º range of movement. This is possible because it is formed of a shallow ball & socket joint held together by 17 different muscles. However this flexible full range of movement also helps to explain why shoulders and necks are very susceptible to injury and damage. That and the fact that at one end they are attached to and support our arms, hands and fingers which we use all day every day for a wide range of often fine movements. And at the other end they are attached to and support our head – a structure weighing 5kg that gravity can relatively increase to up to 22kg depending on how much time we spend looking down at devices.

Fascia of the Neck & Shoulders

From a fascial perspective the interconnectivity between these structures is deep and complex. Fascia wraps around and through the muscles giving them shape and function. Thicker more fibrous fascia connects the arms to the torso and controls their movement. Between these fascial layers are layers of loose connective tissue and these all glide freely to enable movement and balance. The fascia in the head and neck also contains a lot of proprioceptors which are the nerve endings that give us our sense of where we are in space. Head and neck proprioception is important to control head position, eye movement and balance. Chronic pain conditions affecting the head, neck and shoulders are only too common in our computerised world. Any work on devices requires use of the muscles and fascia in the neck and shoulders. Overuse causes the loose connective tissue layers to thicken and become sticky instead of fluid. This thickening is experienced as stiffness which then leads to pain and changed proprioception. Overuse also leads to irritation of the fascia which develops into restrictions and trigger points. It is these changes to fascia that can create pain that is often referred to another area of the body.

Neck & Shoulder Pain Conditions

It is this referral of symptoms that often leads to a medical focus on treatment of the wrong area with little success. There are many common pain conditions associated with the head, neck and shoulders including headaches & migraines, TMJ and jaw pain, neck pain, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff impingement, and RSI conditions including tennis & golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome & Duputryen’s contracture. Often these conditions are classed as hard to treat medically which generally means that conventional approaches don’t work (because they are treating the wrong area) and people are then told there is nothing that can be done and they just have to live with the symptoms. As myofascial release specialists we find that working holistically with our clients we are able to resolve often long-term symptoms by releasing fascial restrictions and returning the body to a more normal pain-free balance. We also give our clients simple self-help exercises to keep themselves out of pain.

Learn Myofascial Techniques for Neck & Shoulder Pain Conditions

We have often been asked why there aren’t more myofascial specialists like ourselves to go round so we have now developed our own Practical Myofascial Release series of courses to help more therapists make the move to myofascial release. We run a 2 day CPD course specifically for neck and shoulder pain conditions. This course gives you invaluable techniques to help make a real difference to clients who come to you with often complex chronic pain conditions.

Our courses are open to all bodywork and movement therapists with a Level 3 or above qualification and are taught by Amanda Oswald, lead therapist and owner of the Pain Care Clinic, and author of Living Pain Free: Healing Chronic Pain with Myofascial Release. Our course sizes are all limited to small groups to ensure that all students have the benefit of individual attention. We are next running Neck & Shoulders in Leeds in March. Please click HERE for more information about how to book your place.

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