Originally Posted by dgerm
It was painful because she was taking on a "seek and destroy" mentality with them. She would locate them easily and then press very hard centered on the not for 30-60 seconds. Sometimes the muscle would try and make one last contraction (as she said) and it would spasm.
My surgery was (2 days shy of) 5 months ago. The surgeon cleared me to lift weights again, play rugby and do anything except throw. The only thing I Would get out of PT now is strengthening the small muscles (the ones in the shoulder blade that stabilize). I am supposed to finish rehabbing it with minor throwing a few times a week to get those muscle back.
I have a very high tolerance to pain, but the soreness caused by the muscles is more annoying than painful. I once had my foot operated on without numbing it (when I was 6) then later had skin on my chest removed without numbing it haha.
I am in college and don't think I could afford a specialist to medically massage it so is there anything I can do on my own, or any techniques I can try?
most places are gonna charge $1/mn. u could just get 30mn if yur short on cash.
another option is to find a massage therapy school and get them to practice on u. otherwise they will have Clinics and u pay way less for a student to work on u.
u can get yur gf to try some of the techniques that the PT suggested, but make sure she paid attention to the details.
look up anatomy for the muscles surrounding the shoulder area. tell yur gf to run her fingers thru the muscles as if going with the striations on the pic. without seein yur shoulder in person its kinda hard to tell her which way to work the muscles.
i would suggest (lets pretend its yur right shoulder) gettin her to rub from the part of the shoulder closest to the back and work her way to the shoulder/arm joint. this should help stretch the muscle back to its normal status. make sure she takes her time, gets pretty deep to where it hurts but still feels good & use lotion unless yur like me and actually like the odd pain from skin bein pulled
as far as light throwin goes, be careful, stretch stretch stretch, & always use ice if it gets inflammed.
BIOFREEZE is a really good product to use as a form of ice therapy in case u dont have time to apply ice. most chiropractor offices sell it and usually have samples u can grab & use