Case Study – Danny
Danny is a young man of 16 who sought help for a shoulder injury at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. With the help of masseuse Andy Swan he was able to recover from shoulder surgery and get his body back to full health. Here’s an outline of his therapeutic massage treatment.
On Danny’s first visit, Andy took a medical history and found out that Danny had recently had shoulder surgery. He was struggling with range of motion and strength in his right shoulder. There were also stabilisation issues with his shoulder. During the initial assessment, Andy established that Danny was a very active teenager playing handball, football, and cricket among other sports. Unfortunately since surgery he had not been able to participate as much.
Initially his external and internal rotation were lacking with some muscular atrophy. Muscle atrophy is when muscles waste away, often due to a lack of physical activity. This can happen when a disease or injury makes it difficult or impossible for you to move an arm or leg due to inactivity.
During the first therapeutic massage treatment Andy identified restrictions through the rotator cuff muscles.
He used a combination of soft tissue release and massage to restore function and mobility in the shoulder girdle. Soft tissue release involves the therapist using manual pressure on a muscle to create a temporary false attachment point. Then then taking the muscle into a pain-free stretch to untangle the muscle fibres. This therapy helped Danny to make a 40% improvement in the internal/external rotation and also a feeling of loosening through the shoulder complex.
Danny’s treatment continued through eight sessions and by the last session he had nearly achieved a complete recovery. He is now active in various sports and very happy at being able to fully participate again.
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