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Shoulder- Posterior/Back Of

This region contains part of the majority of the rotator cuff muscles, the teres major, and latissimus dorsi.

How To Use This Site:

Below are the 5 parts of the self treatment system including self muscle massage, mobilization techniques, stretching, kinesiology taping and strengthening. Before you get to those, here are some posts to help you put all of the pieces together.

Part One - how to determine which massage, mobilization and stretching techniques you should use.

  1. Muscle Sprains/Strains
  2. Tendon Injuries (specific guidance for tendon injuries in the upper body here)
  3. Muscle Spasms, Knots, Trigger Points
  4. Overuse Injuries (specific guidance for overuse injuries in the upper body here including normal range of motion + muscle pairs)

Part Two- adding kinesiology taping to your self treatment program. Advice for each of the four injury types listed above.

Self Treatment System

Part 1. Self Muscle Massage.

1) Blog post with anatomy review, video and picture demonstration of self muscle release techniques for the back of the shoulder using a foam roller and tennis ball. Click here.

Part 2.Mobilizations

1) Blog post on tennis ball/active mobilization for the rotator cuff/intersection area at the back of the shoulder. Click here.

2) Blog post on active mobilizations for the rotator cuff. Click here.

Part 3. Stretching.

1) Blog post on stretches for the back of the shoulder (including posterior shoulder capsule + latissimus dorsi). Click here.

Part 4. Kinesiology tape.

1) Blog post on how to apply tape for impingement syndrome (aka pain at the front of the shoulder). Click here.

2) Blog post on how to apply tape for a rotator cuff injury (aka tendinitis, bursitis, etc). Click here.

3) Blog post on how to apply tape following an AC sprain/separated shoulder. Click here.

Part 5. Strengthening. Coming soon.

Specific Injuries

1) Shoulder Impingement- Newsletter featuring tips for how to use the A-T-A system for treating this condition. Click here.