The Soleus Muscle, The Second Heart

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Soleus

The heart is an amazing organ that pumps between 5 and 7 thousand liters of blood a day.  Yet, it is not the only pump in the body.  While the heart pumps blood out towards the extremities, deep muscles assist in pumping blood back towards the heart.  One of the most important muscles for assisting blood flow back to the heart is the soleus muscle of the calf.

The soleus muscle is a large flat muscle in the lower leg.  Part of the soleus can be palpated directly, while the rest lies underneath the gastrocnemius muscle.  The location of the soleus muscles are important.  They are on the extreme distal end of the body and furthest away from the heart.  When standing upright, the soleus resides at the body’s lowest gravitational point.  These two factors put the soleus in an ideal position to work synergistically with the heart as an efficient pumping system.  The heart pumps arterial blood, while the soleus pumps venous blood.  But, this occurs best when the soleus muscle is healthy and supple.

Problems with the soleus are a frequent cause of pain and suffering.  Athletes and inactive people can both be affected.  This happens because the soleus is used in many activities, such as walking, running, and cycling.  It is a hardworking muscle that tends to get heavy use and very little care.  Most people don’t take enough time to stretch and treat the soleus.  Hence muscle tightness and trigger points can form, causing the soleus to hinder circulation rather than help.

Tight, stiff soleus muscles can radiate pain to the heel, ankle, and as far away as the lower back.  Complications from soleus tightness include:  ankle instability, calf cramps, varicose veins, phlebitis, lower leg edema, low blood pressure, orthostatic hypotension (postural hypotension), and hypersensitivity of lower back.  Pain that is mimicked by tight soleus muscle include:  plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, stress fracture, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, and thrombosis.

Treatment for the soleus muscle should begin with natural therapy.  Home treatments such as strength training, stretching and self massage should be done regularly to maintain the muscle’s pliability, density, range of motion, and function.

At August Point Wellness, we believe that many of the soleus muscle issues can be addressed through acupuncture, massage therapy, and stretching.

An example treatment that we would use to address tight soleus:

Diet and Lifestyle in Preventing Ovulatory Disorder Infertility

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Fresh Vegetables!

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have proven that sticking to a “fertility diet” was associated with a lower risk of ovulatory disorder infertility (ODI).  By following a diet with “higher consumption of monounsaturated rather than trans fats, vegetable rather than animal protein sources, low glycemic carbohydrates, high fat dairy, multivitamins, and iron from plants and supplements”, one can reduce infertility caused by ODI.

What is ovulatory disorder infertility?  ODI is infertility based upon issues concerning the release of a follicle from the ovary.  Ovulatory disorders can manifest as a lack of ovulation (anovulation) or irregular ovulation (oligoovulation).  In anovulation, the eggs may not develop properly for fertilization.  In some cases, the eggs don’t develop at all.  In oligoovulation, the periods are irregular.  It is possible for menstruation to still occur in women, even without ovulation.  Therefore, a monthly period does not necessarily equate to the ability to conceive.

How is ovulatory disorder infertility diagnosed?  ODI is diagnosed through patient medical history, family medical history, temperature charts, blood tests, and ultrasound.  Any combination of the above data can be used to diagnose ODI.  But since the cause of ODI is unknown, it remains that each individual will require and respond differently to treatment.  Reasonably, a doctor should prescribe specific treatment relevant to each individual.

The findings of the study show the importance of diet and lifestyle in regards to fertility.  By eating healthy, controlling weight gain, exercising frequently, and managing stress, ODI can be influenced in a positive way.  Although not noted in the results, it can be mentioned that the woman’s monthly blood hormone activity is more balanced (i.e. LH, FSH, Progesterone, etc.) with a well-regulated period.  The good news is that these tools can be integrated into any Eastern (acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, massage) or Western (IVF, ICSI, IUI, cryopreservation, etc.) program.  The best part is that making lifestyle adjustments for the better provides a healthy environment to nurture a growing fetus.  Also, these lifestyle changes cost next to nothing and the benefits can be reaped long after conceiving and carrying your baby to term.

NOTE:  Be sure to notify your doctor of all treatments you may be undertaking as well as any changes to your lifestyle.

As a recap, here are some food ideas that may help reduce ovulatory disorder infertility:

  • Replace saturated and trans fats with monounsaturated fats.  (Typically monounsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature.  Examples: olive oil, canola oil, sesame oil)
  • Consume vegetable rather than animal protein sources.  Some vegetable foods high in proteins are legumes, nuts, beans, seeds. (Examples: soybeans, kidney beans, peanuts, almonds, lentils)
  • Eat low glycemic carbohydrates.  (Examples: unsweetened yogurt, berries, cheese, eggs, fresh vegetables)
  • Take a multivitamin.  (For women trying to conceive, consider supplementing your diet with a prenatal vitamin.)
For more information on the Harvard study:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2007-releases/press10312007.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17978119

Treating a Stubbed Toe with Alternative Medicine

A stubbed toe can be a very painful event.  If you have stubbed your toe on something, it’s possible that you may have either fractured it or damaged soft tissue surrounding the toe.  If you’re really lucky, you may not even bruise.  If you’re not so lucky, your toe could be broken.  When in doubt, visit your primary care physician or urgent care and get x-rays.  (A broken toe does not have to look disfigured in order to be broken.)

Take a close look at the injured toe.  Look for ruptured skin or a damaged nail.  If the skin is broken, clean the area with soap and water and apply an anti-bacterial ointment.  (It’s not necessary.  It’s a precaution for preventing local infection.)

Injured Toe, 3rd one. Swelling and redness on medial side.

There are numerous treatments styles and many of them recommend ice as a treatment for injured toes.  At August Point Wellness, we do not recommend ice on a stubbed toe.  Why? Because the toes are at a circulatory disadvantage being located at the most distal (and likely inferior) end of the body.  Circulation is imperative for the healing process and icing an injury improperly will constrict blood vessels and actually slow the healing process.  Sure, it could reduce swelling of the toe, but a reduction in swelling does NOT equate to increased rate of healing.

Here is an alternative treatment plan if you wish to take care of a minor stubbed toe injury naturally:

  1. Take arnica internally.  Arnica contains plant-derived anti-inflammatory compounds.  It is an alternative to ibuprofen.
  2. Warm the foot and toe in a footsoak bucket or a bath.  Use epsom salt and peppermint oil to reduce swelling.
  3. Massage the injured area.
  4. Apply a pain relieving topical ointment or bruise liniment to the injured area.  We recommend our own Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub.  It’s based on traditional dit da jow herbal bruise and fracture formulas of China.  It’s 100% natural, safe, and effective.
  5. Elevate the injured toe and foot as much as possible until injury is healed.
  6. If very painful, splint the toe with the one next to it for the first week or two of the healing process.
  7. Wear stiff-soled shoes until injury is fully healed.  This is to reduce the excessive motion of the toe.

As you can see from the image above, the founder of August Point Wellness has suffered a stubbed toe injury.  Above is the actual protocol he is currently using for this injury.  Please note that the information in this article can be used to treat a jammed finger as well.

Spring is the Season to Nourish the Liver

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Spring Season in China

Spring is a time of year when plants and animals are bursting forth from their dormant state.  Springtime has an energy that is fresh, vibrant, youthful, and alive.  You can see this energy of spring reflected in nature.  This is the time when flora bloom and fauna come out from under the hibernation of winter.

Traditional Chinese Medicine says that the Liver is related to spring and is strongly influenced by this season.  Therefore, nourishing the Liver just before and during spring is beneficial to keeping healthy and free from disease.  A healthy Liver cleanses and refreshes the body effectively by processing toxins and removing them from the blood.  Reduced blood toxins reciprocally increases proper immune system function.

According to the laws of nature, one should focus on improving Liver function during the vernal season.  One way of doing so, is to eat more raw foods, such as fresh greens and sprouts.  These light, uplifting foods are yang in nature and work to cleanse the body of the heavy, rich and dense foods that warm the body during the typically cooler temperatures of winter.  Drink plenty of water during spring to help your body stay hydrated.  On the flip side, drink less soft drinks and other beverages, especially ones that contain artificial sweeteners and/or chemicals.  Exercise is a great way to circulate blood and nutrients through the body.  This is very important for good liver function as well as other organ function.  For those that live in colder climates, spring is when one can get outside and return to a more active lifestyle.

When Liver energy in the body is balanced, the yin energy of winter transitions seamlessly into the yang energy of spring.  In Chinese medicine, a smoothly functioning Liver is responsible for healthy immune system balance during the changing of the seasons in which people tend to catch colds and flu.

3 ways to help unburden the Liver during spring:

  • Cut out processed food.  Incorporate fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits into the diet.
  • .Eliminate soft drinks and other beverages with artificial sweeteners.  Drink plenty of water instead.
  • Get some exercise.  Help strengthen the Liver as well as all of the organs through physical activity.

Detoxify Your Liver Gently and Naturally With Common Herbs

The liver is an extremely complex organ. Located in the upper right hypochondriac region, it is the largest gland in the body, weighing around 3 lbs. The liver is responsible for processing nearly every type of nutrient and carrying out over 500 metabolic functions, including regulation of blood plasma cholesterol levels. Therefore, proper function of the liver is important for health and vitality.

Luckily, the liver has an incredible capacity to heal itself. Able to regenerate its hepatocytes, the liver can regrow to its former size even if 70% of liver tissue has been removed. Clearly, this ability highlights the importance of liver function on human physiology and life.

An enjoyable way to improve the health of the liver is through natural herbal medicine.  Used for thousands of years, herbal medicine can be effective as well as gentle on the body system.  Ingesting herbs or drinking an herbal tea can aid in liver detoxification and promote or restore liver function. Below are 5 herbs that are great for improving liver function in the body:

  • Milk Thistle – contains silymarin. Silymarin has been proven to protect the liver from alcohol abuse, substance abuse and hepatitis virus. Silymarin also stimulates the repair of liver.  Studies have also shown that silymarin may help patients with type II Diabetes by assisting in blood sugar control.  Milk thistle has been tested and approved in Europe to use for liver damage.
  • Dandelion Leaf – contains potassium, calcium, beta-carotene, vitamins A and C.  Dandelion leaf can increase the output of the liver, pancreas, and spleen.  The leaf stimulates the release of bile from the liver into the gallbladder.  Dandelion leaf also produces a slight diuretic effect.  Those with allergies to ragweed may have a reaction.   The University of Maryland Medical Center states that there is supporting clinical evidence of dandelion’s effects on the liver and hepatic function.
  • Chamomile Flowers – is traditionally used to calm and induce a deep sleep.  It is a widely used herb in America for this purpose as well as to ease stomach upset. Another major use for chamomile is to relax smooth muscle spasms in the gut. Chamomile is also an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-parasitic herb. The chemical compounds azulene and guaiazulene present in chamomile were identified as being able to initiate the growth of new tissue in experimental rats which had a portion of their livers surgically removed.
  • Lavender Flowers – are typically used in culinary dishes.  Some of the benefits of lavender flowers are to aid in treating insomnia, nervous stomach, and anxiety. Other uses for lavender are to treat headaches, migraines, diabetes and insulin resistance.  Lavender’s benefits are similar to those of chamomile.
  • White Peony Root – Peony root is a highly sought after plant in Chinese medicine for its ability to relax muscle and cleanse the blood. Peony root is used to relieve cramps and spasms anywhere in the body.  White peony is used primarily to nourish the blood circulation and to smooth and relax the liver function.

August Point Wellness offers an herbal tea composed of all five of these herbs for a powerful, effective liver detoxifying effect. The Liver Longevity Tea By August Point Wellness is 100% organic, herbicide, and pesticide free and carries two certifications for organic authenticity, USDA Certified and OTCO Certified. This is a natural remedy for liver detoxification and liver protection to be used long-term as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.  Every ingredient of the Liver Longevity Tea is edible and can provide even more benefit if ingested.  Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your Liver Longevity Tea for greater liver detox effect.

Liver Longevity Tea By August Point Wellness - 100% Organic

In combination with a liver detoxification tea, here are a few other great natural ways to detoxify your liver.

  • Eat healthy and organic foods
  • Exercise daily
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid interaction with harsh chemicals
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners, ingredients, and food coloring

Chick Pea Roast with Sherry Sauce – (Vegetarian)

I got this recipe from a book called Classic Vegetarian Recipes By Parragon.  It’s somewhat of an intermediate level recipe, but if you’re willing to put in a little extra effort, the reward is worth it.

  • 16-oz can of chick peas (garbanzo beans) drained
  • 1 Tsp marmite (yeast extract)  [I used yeast here instead]
  • 1 and 1/4 Cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 and 1/4 Cup white breadcrumbs  [I used 3 slices of bread instead]
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 and 1/4 Cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Ounces canned corn, drained [I used frozen corn instead]
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Dry sherry
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable stock
  • 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 8 Ounce puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • TOPPING
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp Dry sherry
  • 2/3 Cup vegetable stock

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Chick Pea Roast – Before

Put the chick peas, marmite (yeast), nuts, and breadcrumbs in a food processor.  Blend for 30 seconds.  Put the onion and mushrooms in a large skillet and saute for 3-4 minutes.

Stir the chick pea mixture into the skillet.  Add corn and garlic.  Stir in the dry sherry, vegetable stock, cilantro, salt and pepper.  Bind the mixture together.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Roll the pastry out to form a 14″ x 12″ rectangle.  I think they usually come in 12″ x 12″ squares, so it’s not that difficult to stretch out a little bit more.

Shape the chick pea mixture into a loaf shape.  Place the mixture in the center of the pastry puff dough and wrap the pastry around it, sealing the edges.  Place the seam side down on a dampened cookie sheet and score the top in a criss-cross pattern.  Mix the egg and 2 Tbsp milk and brush over the pastry to glaze.  Cook in oven for 30-35 minutes or until risen and golden.

Heat the oil for the sauce in a pan and saute the leek for 5 minutes, stirring.  Add the dry sherry and vegetable stock.  Simmer for 5 minutes and serve with the roast.

Chick Pea Roast – After

TCM Notes:

This dish is yin in nature and neutral in temperature.  The chick peas.

Chick peas are sweet and moderate in nature.  They regulate the Spleen and Stomach and promotes detoxification.  Chick peas are good for treating diarrhea.

Garlic is a powerful anti-bacterial, help digestion, and prevents diarrhea. Eating garlic on a regular basis lowers the risk of stomach and colon cancers according to research.

Onion supports the immune system.  It can also open the pores and release exterior attack from colds and flu.

Dry Sherry is an alcohol, warm in nature.  Sherry promotes digestion and increase blood flow.

Mushrooms typically support the immune system.  Mushrooms have different properties depending on what type you are using in the cuisine.

Vegetable Quiche – (Vegetarian)

  • 1 9″ pie crust

    Vegetable Quiche

  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 Cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup grape tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup zucchini (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup watercress (chopped)
  • 4 baby red potatoes (diced)
  • 2 and 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 Tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/8 Tsp pepper
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 Cup milk
  • 1/4 Cup parmesan cheese
  • TOPPING
  • 1/4 Cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 Cup baby spinach (chopped)

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Heat oven to 450°.  Spread pie crust into bottom of glass pie dish.  Prick bottom of crust.  Cook pie crust for 5 minutes.  Remove crust from oven.  Lower oven temperature to 350°.  

Beat eggs, milk and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese in bowl.  Set aside.  Saute garlic, onion, potatoes, zucchini, salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence and curry powder in butter.  Add sauteed ingredients to pie crust.  Add tomatoes and watercress to pie crust.  Mix vegetables together and spread evenly into pie crust.  Pour egg mixture over vegetables in pie crust.  

Cook at 350° for 25 minutes.  Sprinkle topping over quiche and cook for another 10-15 minutes.  Check center of quiche for doneness with butter knife.  Knife should come out of center clean.

TCM Notes:

This dish is slightly cool in nature.  The eggs and potato are heavy and yin, while the fresh vegetables are more yang.

Turmeric, typically found in curry powder, is an herb also known as Jiang Huang.  It invigorates blood stagnation caused by cold from deficiency.  It also moves qi in the epigastrium and abdomen.  This herb is also good for gynecological disorders. (Materia Medica, Bensky)

Cuminalso found in curry, is known as Xi Hui Xiang in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Cumin harmonizes the Stomach, stops pain, and warms the abdomen.

Eggs are yin in nature.  They tonify the yin and blood of the body and lubricate dryness.  They are slightly cool in temperature.

Potatoes are neutral in temperature and are used in tonifying the Spleen.  Potatoes also harmonize the Stomach and lubricate the intestines.

Garlic is a powerful anti-bacterial, help digestion, and prevents diarrhea. Eating garlic on a regular basis lowers the risk of stomach and colon cancers according to research.

Mountain Biking (Cycling) and Numbness in Hands

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Subclavius

Gray's anatomy
Pectoralis Major

Riding a bike is great exercise.  There’s no doubt about that.  But, there are some parts of riding that aren’t so great.  Some of the common complaints from cyclists are low back pain, neck pain, and knee pain.  These complaints typically come from poor riding position, muscular imbalance, and/or extended amounts of time spent on the bike.  Other, less common bike injuries that I see in my clinic have to do with anterior shoulder pain and numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers.  As you will soon find out, these two issues tend to go hand-in-hand.

The bike position of the rider is dependent on a couple of variables: body shape, bike geometry, and bike setup.  For the purposes of this discussion, let’s assume that the rider is on a standard mountain bike.  Mountain bikes, in general, place the rider in a forward leaning position.  The rider’s body is sitting on a saddle and the torso of the man or woman is bent over the top tube, where the hands of the rider stabilize the torso by gripping the handlebar.  In this position, the upper body is performing a number of positional adjustments to provide comfort:  (lumbar and thoracic) spine is flexed, (cervical) spine is extended, shoulders are horizontally adducted, and arms are outstretched.  To keep the torso stabilized, your muscles grip the handlebar and apply force directed along your arms towards your shoulder joint.

The muscles that contribute to stabilizing your upper body on the bike are manyfold.  They all work synergistically to keep you fairly upright on the bicycle.  Since this article is about shoulder pain and numbness and tingling in the hands, we will narrow down the discussion to two common culprits of these problems.  Both of these muscles, pectoralis major and subclavius, are heavily involved in cycling and can be stressed to injury.

When riding a bike, the pectoralis muscles are in a shortened, flexed state.  They are large muscles that expend tremendous energy during cycling.  For most fit riders, the pectoralis muscles are strong enough to handle the load placed on them.  But, the problem arises when the pecs don’t get stretched between rides and remain in a shortened state, even when off the bike.  (Stand in the mirror and look for the shoulders to be rolled or hunched forward.  This could be a sign of tight pectoralis muscles.)

The same situation goes for the subclavius.  On the bike, the subclavius muscle is also in a shortened state.  Albeit a small muscle, the subclavius is within close proximity to some major nerves and vessels that traverse underneath the clavicle and down the arm.  When this muscle shortens, the clavicle gets pulled downward onto the subclavian artery and vein.

Tight, shortened pectoralis major and subclavius can contribute to thoracic outlet syndrome and impede lymphatic drainage of the breast.  Breast tenderness and edema are symptoms of muscle tension as well as numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in biceps, radial portion of the forearm and fingers.  Treat the pecs and subclavius by stretching.  Opposing muscles, or antagonists, such as the rhomboids, latissimus dorsi, and trapezius should be strengthened through exercise.  This balancing of strength on the shoulder joint provides stability through the entire range of motion.

I highly recommend acupuncture and massage therapy as the first line of treatment for numbness and tingling in the arm and fingers from cycling.  These are natural, drug-free therapies that can assist you in your recovery process.  See your alternative health provider and learn more about what they can do for you.  Implementing a stretching routine to lengthen the pecs and subclavius muscles and offset extended periods of time on the bike.

An example treatment at my clinic would be:

 

Pain Trying to Undo Your Bra Strap? It Could Be This Pair of Muscles…

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“It hurts when I try to undo my bra.” Or “Taking off my shirt is painful.” Or “Combing my hair hurts my shoulder.” Or “I have problems reaching behind my back.” These are common complaints for trigger points in the rotator cuff muscles, infraspinatus and subscapularis.

There are 4 rotator cuff (RC) muscles that assist in movement at the shoulder (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis). These muscles hold the head of the humerus in the glenoid cavity, as well as provide mobility. An imbalance in rotator cuff muscles can be painful, as well as severely limit the joint range of motion (ROM). That imbalance can also lead to trigger points that are painful when touched.

Two muscles that tend to get stress and overwork injuries are the infraspinatus and subscapularis. These are two of the four rotator cuff muscles in your shoulder. When there is difficulty raising the arm above the head or behind the back, doctors
typically diagnose frozen shoulder. Frequently enough, I hear other diagnoses such as bursitis, adhesive capsulitis, neuritis, etc. attached to the one for frozen shoulder. Muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory meds are sometimes prescribed without regard
for more effective, natural methods of relief.

The function of the infraspinatus is to externally rotate the humerus. (It’s the kind of motion that allows you to bring your arm back to throw a ball.) The function of the subscapularis is to internally rotate the humerus. (This is the forward and downward motion of throwing a ball.)  As you may know, these muscles are antagonists to one another. Each opposes the function of the other. This concept is important, because the health of one muscle will usually affect the health of the other. (It’s a yin-yang theory of balance.)  Therefore, treatment of both the infraspinatus and subscapularis are imperative in a complete healing plan.

The infraspinatus is located on the shoulder blade itself. The muscle above the spine of the scapula is called the supraspinatus (‘above the spine’), while the muscle below the scapula is called the infraspinatus (‘below the spine’). If one is flexible enough, he or she may be able to reach over their shoulder with the opposite hand and palpate the infraspinatus muscle.  One of the key causes for tight infraspinatus muscle is holding the arms out in front for extended periods of time.

Acupuncture and massage are two extremely effective methods for treating the infraspinatus trigger points. Stretching after each therapeutic treatment is important to help relax musculature and improve circulation.  To treat the infraspinatus at home, while you are between your physical therapy, acupuncture, or massage treatments, invest in a tool to help you work out trigger points in the infraspinatus.  August Point Wellness carries the Sciaticare Ball, an effective trigger point relieving tool for many different musculoskeletal trigger points.  Instructions on how to use the Sciaticare Ball for infraspinatus can also be found on our website here.

The subscapularis is a slightly more difficult muscle to address.  Located under the scapula, this muscle is the largest and strongest of the rotator cuff muscles.  Along with acupuncture and massage therapy treatments, the sufferer should also learn to stretch the subscapularis muscle.  (Sometimes stretching alone is NOT enough to release the muscle spasm.)  The most effective method that I have found to stretch the subscapularis is the broomstick stretch.  If you do not have a broomstick handy, you can try the subscapularis doorway stretch.  (For now, Google these stretches for images and videos on particular stretches.  I hope to add images to this post soon!)

With the way most people use their shoulder, a strength imbalance causes the subscapularis to be strong, while the other three RC muscles are weak.  Therefore, after the trigger points have been worked out of the RC group, one should begin strength training on these muscles.  Exercises that isolate the individual RC muscles are a great start.  Pair it up with exercises that stabilize the scapula and regain strength and flexibility in your shoulder!

A sample treatment that I may use in my clinic would be:

  • Acupuncture – SI9-SI12, GB21, Rhomboid Motor Points (MP), UB10, Subscapularis MP, LI16
  • Massage Therapy – Entire Rotator Cuff Set, Pectoralis Minor, Serratus Anterior, Upper Trapezius
  • External Liniment/Rub –  Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub applied over  muscles for faster healing and improved blood flow.  Patient would apply Sciaticare PMR daily and massage into area to promote circulation and healing.  Application of Sciaticare PMR before any rehabilitation exercises would be recommended as well.

This type of frozen shoulder pain usually requires 4-6 treatments to really improve ROM and show results.  Obviously, your results may differ.  You may need to modify your posture, work ergonomics, and lifestyle as well.

Curried Potato, Chick Peas, and Eggs – (Vegetarian)

  • 1 can chick peas, drained
  • 3 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 Cup chopped onion
  • 1 Tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1 1/2 Cups water
  • 8 oz. potato, cubed (small)
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • Black pepper or hot pepper to taste

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Heat oil in a frying pan.  Add onion and garlic.  Saute for a few minutes until golden brown.  Mix curry powder with 1/4 cup water and add to onion and garlic in pan.  Cook until thick, stirring continuously.  Add potato and stir until curry mixture coats potato.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Add 1 1/2 cups water, chick peas, salt and pepper.  Simmer until water is reduced and mixture has thickened.

Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over rice or with naan bread. 

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TCM Notes:

Overall, this meal is slightly warm and has both yin nourishing and yang nourishing energy.

Eggs are yin in nature.  They tonify the yin and blood of the body and lubricate dryness.  They are slightly cool in temperature.

Chick peas are sweet and moderate in nature.  They regulate the Spleen and Stomach and promotes detoxification.  Chick peas are good for treating diarrhea.

Potatoes are neutral in temperature and are used in tonifying the Spleen.  Potatoes also harmonize the Stomach and lubricate the intestines.

Curry powder contains a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient, curcumin.