Paul Lewis demonstrates a massage technique called Shoulder Mobilization using an Oakworks Portal Pro Massage Chair
Hi, my name is Paul Lewis, and my friend over here, Bob, needs his shoulder worked on. So what I’m going to do is start off assessing the shoulders. I’m going to do this technique called shoulder mobilization, where I’m going to encapsulate the shoulder, just in front. The hands are going to be very relaxed. You don’t want to dig the fingers into the shoulders, but what you want to do is just totally encapsulate the shoulder, and then take his forearm and rest it on mine, which will give you that control. You don’t have to use your own shoulders. You can lower your shoulders, use your legs, use your body for mobility.
Ok, let’s go. Let’s start off here. Encapsulate the shoulder, rest the forearm on top of yours. See my shoulders are quite relaxed. I’m going to use my body, use my legs. Ok, lefty hand goes on the inferior angle of the scapula, and as I take it forward, I lift up and circle back. Down, up and circle back, and then I reverse directions. The reason I’m doing this is so that I can assess the shoulder at the same time I can assess the mobility in the shoulder area, the tension in the anterior muscles across the pectoralis in the shoulder area, and in the back area. My fingers are on the interior angle, slightly between the scapula and the spine, so I can feel the interscapular muscles…Whether they’re tight, whether they’re restrictive or not. Once again, and we take it down and back. For those of us that are familiar with joint mobilization at this point, what you can do is a medial or lateral rotation of the inferior angle of the scapula. You can take it up, you can bring it down. You can even distract if you…There, I know there’s a distraction. How are you feeling Bob? Good. Excellent. Once again, that’s forward and down. Remember to use your body as one unit as you move. Ok? There, I’m going to lower his arm and put his arm back up. Excellent. Are you feeling alright Bob? Yes. Excellent. Thank you.