So far I’ve have talked about the rotator cuff and shoulder labrum and injuries and/or overuse to this area (What’s happening to our shoulders? and What’s happening to our shoulders? part 2) Stretching, movement and Neuromuscular Therapy are the primary modalities that a patient needs to address first, under the care of a Massage Therapist or Health Care Provider. Once I have addressed these 3 issues in your healing progress, I can then progress to the next phase, stabilization and strengthening.
One of the easiest and fastest ways of creating stabilization is with Kinesio tape. The success of the Kinesio taping method is dependent upon two factors. One, proper evaluation of the patient’s condition to allow for application of Kinesio Tex Tape on the proper tissue. Two, proper application of the Kinesio Taping Technique. When the two are combined, an effective treatment modality is available to the practitioner, and thereby, to the patient. In the case of the shoulder, or for that matter, any applied area, the Kinesio Taping Method assists the in reduction of edema and pain, with an increase in muscle activity to provide increased joint stability. The tape is worn 24 hours of the day until it comes off, usually 3-5 days. The tape can get wet, so showering is still possible. After the tape comes off I reassess and possibly reapply.
I have found that during the coarse of treatment the “less is better” approach produces the best outcomes. With minimal taping in the right places at the right time, followed with the proper strengthening, recovery is full and sound, and in the least amount of time.
Once I have the Kinesio tape in place, the patient will begin the strengthening program.
See the following video.
Side Lying External Rotation for the Rotator Cuff
Side Lying Internal Rotation for the Rotator Cuff
In my next post I will show you how to progress to a solid strengthening program for your shoulders. As always …
Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist