Rotator Cuff

Timothy Hodges, LMT, JSCCI, CACI, CSC I Counterstrain Portland
Portland, Oregon


Next to back and neck pain, the shoulder is the third most common musculoskeletal complaint encountered by manual therapists in practice. Rotator cuff problems are often characterized by pain in the shoulder that may radiate from the top of the shoulder and sometimes into the elbow. Symptoms are worse with overhead activity, sleeping on the affected side, trying to reach behind the back, and can include weakness when attempting to reach or lift. Some common rotator cuff injuries include tears, impingement, tendonitis, and bursitis (inflamed fluid filled sac that serves to reduce friction between bone and soft tissues).


When shoulder pain does not respond to treatment it is often because a root cause has been overlooked. Each shoulder must have good blood supply, drainage, unrestricted nerve supply, healthy rib mobility as well as ease of the connective tissue wrapping around and anchoring organ systems such as the cardiopulmonary and digestive systems for complete healing to take place. From draining the swelling of inflamed bursae to unlocking immobile ribs from underlying visceral(organ) fascial dysfunction, Fascial Counterstrain is able to locate the root of the problem and precisely treat each tissue involved so that the body can heal itself.