For the past 5+ years, well, actually 10 years, I have had nearly constant pain in my shoulders.
First 10 years ago, my right shoulder due to a wreck where I was trapped in an overturned truck. With the help of my chiropractor and massage, the pain subsided and I got full range of movement back on the right side (though the Dr said I never would).
Then 5 years ago, a couple things happened and messed up my left shoulder. I saw so many doctors, specialists, had x-rays, tried many physical therapists - and nobody has been able to help.
With on-going treatments by my chiropractor and his massage therapist ( 70 year old Japanese man who specialized in Chinese torture), I've been able to function, but nothing has been able to fix the problem or get rid of the pain. ( I can't take drugs, not even ibuprofen.)
I'd given up hope and have learned to compensate and figured I'd have to live with it.
When I began having acupuncture about a month ago for my neck and hip, I didn't even think to mention it. But 2 weeks ago, she noticed that I didn't have full range of motion on my left side and asked about it.
That same day, she treated my left shoulder and gave me a very simple exercise. I noticed immediate improvement.
Last week, she treated it again. It was even better afterwards. (Pain is all but gone, but I can still feel a bit of tightness in the muscle/tendon, whatever it is that's been restricted for so long.)
This past week, I've been able to do stuff with my left arm that I haven't been able to for years . . . like lift a glass of water, pull the sheets over me..... stuff like that.
And then, today. . . . to work out some tension after the meeting, I spent about an hour loading brush and firewood onto our trailer at the back of the property. Woohoo!
I thought that'd be it for the day . . . but noooo.
Just as I was finishing up . . . my neighbor calls and he's bringing a load of leaves (we use them for mulch). So, I grab a rake and help him unload the leave out of his truck.
He mentions that he has a whole bunch more but his wife can't help him and he's not sure how long his back will hold out . . . and then he asked if I'd be willing to help him load his truck again. SURE! and I grabbed my rake and gloves and we took off to his house to get another load. And then we did another load, and another . . . all together FIVE LOADS!!!
Prior to 2 weeks ago, there is no way in the universe that I could have done even one load.
My body is sore and tired, but it's a good feeling. Hot tub is gonna feel good tonight!
In addition to the treatment 2 weeks ago, the acupuncturist sent me home with a set of yoga DVDs for lower back, hip and sacrum, and upper back, neck and shoulders.
I've done a lot of yoga over the years but never anything like this . . . this program is therapeutic. It is basic strengthening of the core for each of the areas.
I've ordered the dvds and will do a review of them once I start using them. But I already know, this is just the beginning of a very good thing!