“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them… maybe you can hire the A-Team”
These were the words that opened the 80’s TV show the A-Team. It kind of reminds me the Wizard of MAT, Ian. Not the ‘crack commando’ or ‘military prison’ parts although I don’t know what he did before we met him, but the last part. If you have a problem and no one else can help, he does. He’s worked on my shoulders, knees, ankles, hips and back over the years with great results. Now I turn to him again for help.
I’ve been struggling with my left shoulder again. No matter how I sleep (back or side) or what I do (stretch, smash, soak) I was struggling. It hurt to put on a shirt or jacket. Reaching over eye level. Forget about it. It felt like my biceps tendon was as tight as a bowstring, but nothing I did would loosen it up. My pectoral was tight too which was an indication that something in the back was off (probably lat). Is it weird that I’ve had enough injuries that I can start to self diagnose? In any case, I knew that a visit to Core Muscle Activation was required.
What The Actual Problem Is
As Ian started to work it was quick work to figure out that my lat was off. Once activated he started working in my forearm and wrist. Seriously? That’s where the issues are? Everything was so tight that even the stories that Ian uses to distract didn’t work. We systematically worked on getting things turned on and tested and I have to say it was one of my more difficult sessions. Once we started to get everything going Ian diagnosed that the Bursa Sac under the shoulder and on top of the tendons was inflamed. That was probably causing the impingement and issues I was experiencing. Remedy? Lots of icing and activations.
We’re going to try and settle the inflammation down with ice, rest and the exercises. I’ve also started taking Vimovo (anti-inflammatory) again in the hopes it will speed up the process. Still, the shoulder already feels loads better and once again Ian has come through.