Self-care Protocols for Shoulder Strains and Injury
The Large Intestine channel and Lung Channel are two of the main channels that traverse the shoulders and points on those related channels are often chosen when applying Aroma Acu-Therapy™ self-care protocols. However, one of the most effective points for shoulder pain is located on the leg (Acupressure Point Stomach 38) and not the arm due to deep pathways and connections in the body referred to as collateral channels. Self-care suction cupping is also a popular modality for addressing shoulder problems as the area is fleshy and cups easily adhere to the area. For best outcomes using self-care, combine associated Aroma Acu-Sticks® to acu-points, topical remedies, and good lifestyle practices.
Acupressure Points for Shoulder Pain
Learn How to Effectively Activate Acupressure Points Linked Here!
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Stomach 38
- Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Activate Acupressure Point Lung 1
- Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Large Intestine 4
- Apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point San Jiao 5
- Apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Liver 3
Patterns of Imbalance Causing Shoulder Pain
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are many different causes of shoulder pain. Qi and/or Blood Stagnation are necessary elements for pain to occur so it would generally be assumed that some elements of these patterns will apply to any condition causing shoulder pain. Where Qi goes, Blood goes;
Where Blood goes, Qi goes according to Chinese medical theory, so when one imbalance occurs the other is implied. However, there could be stronger elements of either Blood or Qi stagnation obstructing the flow of energy of the channels that course the shoulder depending on how the pain syndrome presents.
Blood Stagnation of the Shoulder Channels
When there is severe Blood Stagnation, the pain tends to be sharp. Add to general Aroma Acu-therapy protocol above: Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Spleen 10
Qi Stagnation of the Channels of the Shoulder
Qi stagnation of the shoulder is often caused by overwork, receptive strain from sports, or daily computer mouse use. One would want to avoid the activity that led to the injury while pursuing self-care through Aroma Acu-therapy, Suction Cupping Solutions Therapy, and topical Dit Da Jow applications daily.
Internal Dampness Invading the Channels of the Shoulder
Damp Phlegm can invade the channels that traverse the shoulders causing dull achy pain, a feeling of heaviness in the arms, and/or pain that worsens with humid or wet weather. Dampness is often caused by Spleen Qi disharmonies which must also be addressed for long-term relief. If this is not cleared up early-on, Damp-Phlegm can congeal into chronic arthritic conditions that are very difficult to resolve.
For Internal Dampness of the shoulder channels, add to general Aroma Acu-therapy protocol above:
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Spleen 9
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Stomach 40
Cold Invasion of the Channels of the Shoulder
Meat workers whose hands are constantly in contact with cold substances not only develop arthritis of the hands, but the pain often radiates up to the shoulder. Anyone chronically exposed to cold conditions can be susceptible to Cold invading the channels; this includes constant air conditioning blowing towards the neck and shoulder area. Cold can also open the door for an Internal Damp invasion of the channels, so it is not unusual to have both conditions occurring at the same time.
Self-care Strategy for Cold Invasion of the Shoulder:
- Add to general Aroma Acu-therapy protocol above: apply the Moxa Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Kidney 3
- Use the Yang Foot Soak with the hands and feet.
Trauma Causing Shoulder Pain
Trauma resulting in a tendon sheath tear, rotator cuff tear, or inflammation would require cooling herbs such as the Stage 1 Dit Da Jow. This is typically be the time immediately following an injury and two weeks or so thereafter.
Sports injuries, accidents, and surgery are common causes of shoulder pain. If not treated correctly and immediately, these conditions can result in the formation of scar tissue and possibly adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder. These conditions are generally considered deficient, and warming Stage 2 Dit Da Jow would be most appropriate. Because of the chronic nature of these conditions, expect the apply Aroma Acu-Therapy and topical remedies for many months for a full resolution of the pain condition.
Stress Causing Shoulder Pain
Liver Qi Stagnation is often associated with mental stress. The Liver and Gallbladder are the energetic organs of the Wood Element of Chinese medicine. The two acupuncture channels related to the organs are connected through deep pathways in the body.
When there are Liver constraints, Heat develops in the Liver and can travel up the Liver channel to the Gallbladder channel which traverses the shoulder region and can cause pain and tightness At the highest point between the neck and the shoulder at the crest of the trapezius muscle where Acupressure Point Gallbladder 21 is located.
Gallbladder Channel Shoulder Pain Radiating Up Neck
The Gallbladder Channel continues up the neck and vices the head. Pain radiating from the shoulder up through the neck back to the occipital region at the base of the scull follows this pattern of energetic blockages and may include headaches.
Using Chinese Medical Channel Theory for Self-care
The channels that are typically implicated with shoulder pain include the Large Intestine Acupressure Channel, the Lung Acupressure Channel, the Gallbladder Acupressure Channel, and the San Jiao Acupressure Channel. Self-care Aroma Acu-Therapy Points can be chosen by Channel Theory as described linked here.
- It is not necessary to choose points located directly above pain; master practitioners often use distal points to the pain and often state that the points located the furthest from the pain are the most effective.
- Palpating points along the channels can help determine an effective protocol as the most tender points are often the most appropriate points to apply Aroma Acu-Therapy™.
- We provide detailed information for many commonly used acupressure points; you can research the related articles to see which points are the most appropriate for your specific condition.
- Keep in mind that you are trying to apply Aroma Acu-therapy to only 5-8 points daily for a focused therapy.
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