Saga of a Shoulder Injury Con't: The Final Chapter

November 8, 2010

“I’ve figured it out!” Alice (not her real name) came into the office grinning from ear to ear. We’d been working with her shoulder for a few months and along with great progress in the recovery of her arm she had learned a lot of strategies that allowed her to be a creative thinker in her own healing process.

“So here’s the thing, I’ve been having a lot of problems bringing my hand to my opposite shoulder. It’s really been bugging when I’m having a shower because I can’t soap myself down on my left side.” She paused for a moment as she gathered her thoughts. “So after last week when we moved my whole body instead of my arm (click here for last week’s article) I decided to try it another way. Instead of taking my right hand to my left shoulder I took my left shoulder to my right hand.” Alice demonstrated her new strategy. “Like you said last week, I needed to keep my body loose and to breathe in a relaxed way while I did it. Every time I stiffened up and I was tight it didn’t work very well. Then I’d relax and it was easier.”

Taking your arm across the midline is one of the last movements that you recover when you’ve had a shoulder injury so you can’t push it; your nervous system is reactive so it feels that there is danger in executing a new movement it won’t allow you to do it.

Take your time, explore and be gentle with yourself. It took me a year to recover full range or motion with my own shoulder injury and it didn’t happen by just expecting nature to take its course. As an active participant in my own recovery I made time every day to work with myself.

All of the ideas in this series of articles have helped both me and my clients to heal an irritating and frustrating condition. My hope is that you will find a few tools that you can use effectively in your own healing journey.

As always, if you have any questions or queries please contact me as feldylady on Twitter or on my Facebook page under Sandra Bradshaw, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner. 


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