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ELIMINATE YOUR HEAD, NECK & SHOULDER PAIN WITHOUT MEDICATION, DOCTORS, OR PHYSICAL THERAPY!
If there is one thing on this planet we have all suffered from at one point or another it is definitely head and neck pain. From simple headaches to migraines to feeling like you have, “The weight of the world” on your shoulders, there is enough stress in society today to make us all feel like our head is in a vice. Rather than pop a couple Advil or such this book is designed to help you understand where your pain is coming from and how to get rid of it through the simple form of touch.
Everything, and I mean everything when it comes to pain in the head, neck and shoulders comes from one area alone – The Atlas. Your Atlas is your first cervical vertebrae and so aptly named after the Greek Titan Atlas who took up a revolt against the Gods and as his punishment was condemned to hold the heavens aloft forever. Pretty cool if you ask me!
What is not cool is that if this foundation of your skull gets a little funky – we get pain. The scalene muscles will cease and lock up sending pain into your head, shoulders, and arm – everywhere except where the pain is located. Your trapezius muscles will lock into place giving you those exceptional headaches at the end of a long work day, and your splenius and chest muscles will then play tug of war with your skull making it feel like you have a small child sitting on your head day in and day out.
The closer pain is to the brain in the human body the more confused the brain is as to where it is coming from. This aberrant signal sends practitioners chasing their tail treating symptoms rather than the root cause. Now I know what you may be thinking – why don’t I just go to the chiropractor and get it adjusted. Well that’s because chiropractors will even say that is easier said than done due to the strength and multitude of the muscles surrounding the Atlas in the neck. The only true way to adjust the Atlas and get it to sit back in its place is to stimulate it’s reflexive position in the shoulder, which I describe for you in this book. Unlock the reflex and you set the Atlas free which will allow you to then erase the source of your pain. If any of this sounds like you, this is your book:
- “My neck is stiff upon rising.”
- “I have trouble turning my head, especially when I’m driving.”
- “I get dizzy if I turn my head real fast.”
- “I have pain in the front part of my shoulder when I raise my arm.”
- “I wake up with numbness and tingling in my hands.”
- “There’s pain in my shoulder anytime I do things overhead.”
- “I get frequent migraines/headaches.”
I also include techniques for special considerations such as TMJ, vertigo, and motion sickness. Regardless of the pain you are experiencing I can guarantee that you will find the answer in to it in this book. Click on the link and buy it today!
Here is a chapter on front of the shoulder pain to see if this book is right for you:
Anterior means front, posterior means back.
Pictured above are your rotator cuff muscles. These guys get used and abused to the max, especially if your are in a throwing sport. Bad falls can extensively damage the rotator cuff muscles as well. If you’re involved in any type of weightlifting, especially powerlifting the pain in the front of your shoulder that you continuously ignore is coming one of these four muscles, I can almost guarantee it. The reason these muscles get so abused is because they are responsible for slowing your arm down after that 98 mile an hour pitch, literally brace all of your bodyweight when you plant your hand as you are falling, and are responsible for stabilizing that 400 some odd pounds you try to bench press every Monday. Simply put, they are very small, but have very big, heavy jobs to do.
When people are told they have a rotator cuff issue I usually see them break out some bands or do rotator cuff exercises with dumbbells etc. While this may work OK for some people for the lot it gets us in even more trouble. Did you see all of the trigger points that can develop in these 4 muscles? All of that pain goes to one area – the front part of your shoulder. Luckily, relief is not too far off, if you know where to look and that is what I’m going to teach you.
Located smack dab on your shoulder blade, loosening up this part of your rotator cuff is like sticking bamboo shoots under your fingernails. The pain can be sharp and surprising when you apply pressure as it communicates how angry it is with you for not taking care of it for so long. To relax the tissue in this muscle apply pressure in the areas where the trigger points reside with the pointy knob located on the end of the large opening on the back buddy. You’ll know when you find a spot, it will be sharp, and alarming.
Go slow and be curious. Search the entire shoulder blade applying pressure to anything you feel is sore, especially if it is referring pain into the front part of the shoulder. I like to work this area for between 4 and 6 minutes or until it is so tender I am forced to stop. Because of how tight this muscle gets and how musch tension it can hold, do not be surprised if the muscle feels bruised the next day. If it is pat yourself on the back (avoiding your shoulder blade of course) because that means you releived some tension, or broke up a trigger point.
A much smaller muscle than the infraspinatus, this guy can still pack quite a whollop in the pain department. This muscle is located right on top of your shoulder blade and will be released much in the same way as you released your trap muscle. Grab your back buddy, and using the knob at the end of the smaller opening apply downward pressure into the top of your shoulder blade.
Search from the end closest to your spine moving out to the edge of your shoulder in a slow patient manner for 4-6 minutes digging into any areas that are sore, tender, tight, or referring pain into the front part of the shoulder. This muscle breaks up rather quickly, and I really haven’t had too many cases of it being sore after. Be consistent with your approach to helping it get better.
If the infraspinatus feels like bamboo shoots, this guy is reminiscent of driving an ice pick into your back. When this muscle gets tight it will refer pain into the front part of your shoulder, and it will also pinch down on your tricep tendon shortening it, and creating pain all the way down the back of your arm. There was a chiropractor in Hawaii I would go to when I was younger that always worked on this muscle for me because he knew I used to be a pitcher. The pain was both alarming, and euphoric and I quickly developed a love/hate relationship with releasing it.
To get at this muscle we are going to use a lacrosse ball. Once again, I shot a video for you so you can better understand how to open this muscle up. If this is an e-book, just click on the link, if you are reading a paperback please type the following URL into your browser:
The transmittal of pain from this muscle eluded me for years, until I had to release it on myself. Your subscapularis muscle is a thick piece of muscle tissue that sits on the inside of your shoulder blade. If you were to look into a mirror and raise your arm up, it would be staring right at you from your arm pit. If you bench press heavy, this muscle is helping to lower, and stabilize the weight, as well as press it back up. If you do CrossFit or Gymnastics, and have pain when you are training on the rings, but not when you are training on anything else, then your subscap is tight and does not have the ability to expand. The pain you feel is your brain letting you know that muscle is in trouble and the movement you are doing is not safe.
The pain pattern this muscle produces is odd and I liken it to a candy hanging on your arm, with the stem going down into your bicep. When I palpate the front of the shoulder and the bicep of someone who has a tight subscap the tissue is thick and tight and quite painful. Because this is such a sensitive area of your body, I urge you to start off slow with the mobilization. Use a softball at first, then graduate to a baseball. If the softball is too harsh for you at the beginning, then lay on a foam roller. Because of the complexity of this exercise I shot another video for you and posted it to youtube. To view it go to https://youtu.be/PLkXp4GJCt4.
The remaining portion of this section is devoted to muscles that cut off or restrict the brachial plexus sending pain into the front part of your shoulder or down your arm. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves the supply sensation to the skin and muscles going down your arm.
The reason why these muscles disrupt these nerves is because their attatchments pass right on top of them and when they get tight, they will compress the nerve causing pain.
As I mentioned before the scalenes will send a generous portion of pain down into the front part of the shoulder, and if they get tight enough – all the way down to the hand. Please refer back to the section on the scalenes to revisit how to loosen them up.