University Submission Case Study - Client 1
This person was one of my first clients following opening my new injury rehabilitation clinic in January 2020. Following more than 30 years of martial arts training and competition this person had several issues including chronic shoulder pain with diminished stability and range of movement. Following a thorough assessment I was able to diagnose shoulder impingement syndrome which was exaccerbated by poor posture including internally rotated shoulders, tight chest and weak back muscles. Over the course of several weeks I put in place a rehabilitation and therapy program to improve his condition. This included treatments such deep tissue massage, soft tissue release, dry cupping, muscle energy techniques and kinesiology taping. Rehabilitation focussed on stretching muscles that internally rotate the shoulder such as: pectorals, latissimus dorsi, subscapularis and teres major. We also worked together on strengthening their lateral rotators such infraspinatus and teres minor (key muscles of the rotator cuff). Over a period of 4 weeks my client saw significant improvements in their posture, shoulder stability and is currently pain free. After 3 years of relative inactivity they have now resumed training including strength and conditioning, judo and Thai boxing. Despite their timely recovery and return to sport, they accept that to continue ongoing rehabilitation is an important factor to keeping their injury at bay. Therefore I have provided my client with home based exercises to do twice per week which ensure rotator cuff stability, maintenance of good posture and continued flexibility in previously tight regions of the body.