Your shoulder is the most complex joint in your body. In order to do the multiple movements it is capable of performing, your shoulder has more muscles attached to it than any other joint.
A very painful condition called Frozen Shoulder occurs when several muscles go into spasm at the same time. The severity of the condition is caused by the number of muscles involved, and intensity of the contractions. It can range from a mild ache with minor loss of range-of-motion, to severe and debilitating shooting pain and total loss of the use of the shoulder as it locks in place.
Regardless of what you may be told by the professionals, this condition can be totally healed.
Every treatment Julie Donnelly teaches for the shoulder in any of her books or DVDs comes from her personal experience with Frozen Shoulder. She was forced to look at shoulder pain relief with new eyes, and then work out the self-treatments that would give her back her arm. At this point, Julie’s arm is 100% healed, even though it took her almost eight months to work out each treatment that enabled her to regain that mobility.
Due to the large number of muscles involved in this condition, and any shoulder pain, only the largest muscles will be covered here. While not a complete list, the primary muscles involved in shoulder pain are:
Shoulder Pain Source #1: Infraspinatus
The Infraspinatus draws your arm back. When there are spasms you will experience shoulder pain as you try to bring your arm forward.
Shoulder Pain Source #2: Latissimus Dorsi
When your arm is up, such as when you are putting something into the top of a closet or painting the ceiling, your Latissimus Dorsi muscle brings it back down to your side. When the muscle has spasms in it you will have shoulder pain as you try to lift your arm up.
Shoulder Pain Source #3: Teres Minor / Teres Major
The Teres Minor and Teres Major muscles are a key factor in frozen shoulder pain because they are responsible for bringing your arm across your body. When they are tight you will have pain if you try to turn your hand/arm out, for example, to reach over and open your car door, clap for a wonderful performer, or take a golf or tennis swing.
Shoulder Pain Source #4: Pectoralis Minor
Your Pectoralis Minor muscle curls your shoulder forward. When the muscle is tight you will look like you have poor posture and a rounded back. Your shoulder will hurt if you try to reach back behind you. Also, the muscle inserts into a bone in your shoulder that crosses over the nerves to your hand, so when the muscle is tight you may also have tingling in your hand and fingers.
Shoulder Pain Source #5: Pectoralis Major
The Pectoralis Major muscle rotates your upper arm in toward your body, so tension in the muscle will cause shoulder pain if your try to rotate your arm out and away from your body.
Shoulder Pain Source #6: Biceps
The Biceps muscle has two heads, one on the inside of your shoulder joint, and the other on a tiny bone called the coracoid process. When the Biceps have a spasm you may have pain deep within your shoulder, or since the coracoid process is directly over the nerves to your hand and wrist, you could have tingling in your hand (the common symptoms for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Shoulder Pain Source #7: Triceps
The Triceps are a three-part muscle that is located at the back of the upper arm and originates on the posterior/top of the arm bone (humerus) and also on the outer portion of the shoulder blade. Their common insertion point is just below the point of the elbow. When the triceps muscle contracts, you open your arm from the bent position. Tension, or trigger points, in the triceps causes pain across the entire back of your shoulder, upper arm and down into the elbow.
To treat and relieve shoulder pain, you often have to treat muscles that are nowhere near the shoulder. Julie Donnelly, creator of the Julstro™ Method, helps you find and release spasms in the correct muscles. There are also simple stretches you can do to prevent future pain.
The Julstro™ System shows you how to self-treat your shoulder pain by releasing spasms and lengthening muscle fibers. Using quick, simple treatments, you can relieve the symptoms of sharp shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, and loss of motion—and prevent their return.
The kit includes:
That’s it! There’s no more waiting for a therapist or doctor’s appointment to relieve the pain. You are your best therapist. With the Julstro™ System, you may never need to spend another dollar on expensive therapy or questionable treatments.
I always use your book… I would be lost without it. My last weird problem was what seemed like a soon-to-be frozen shoulder. It was something that bothered me whenever I walked my dogs and did anything that basically involved that arm.
Being a distance runner, I had only ever focused on your trigger point charts for my lower back and south. I finally got so irritated with this stupid shoulder issue that I thought I’d start searching online for answers. Suddenly it occurred to me that everything I needed was probably in your book.
Of course it was… right there in good old Chart 10!! Once I started working on this, the pain dissipated within about three days. It was much better after just the first day. It was sore from the tension, but it was much better almost immediately. Just wanted to tell you thank you, again!”
It is absolutely amazing! I had frozen shoulder for 20 years, low back pain for 50 years, and pain in my arch that was remnant of a sprained ankle I twisted in 1967. I had gone to every type of doctor and therapist imaginable and finally gave up, feeling that I needed to live with the pain forever. It is incredible, I’ve been doing the treatments that Julie teaches in the book, and consulting with her directly, and I can now move my arm normally and stand up straight! When Julie told me that the muscles of my leg were causing my long standing foot pain, I was surprised, but she was right. The pain is now gone, for the first time in almost 40 years! This is a book that is a MUST for anyone in pain!”