In November of 2013 I was really enjoying my training when, a slip of concentration whilst benching and I felt a little crunch and immediate pain, I stupidly continued with my session.
The next day I was in considerably more pain than the previous day and 6 weeks later I was in constant pain and then suffered pain in BOTH shoulders, unable to get under a bar to squat, unable to do any pulling exercise or pressing anything at any angle and worst of all unable to pick up and hold my own 5 month old son. It got so bad that I was being woken up in my sleep with deep throbbing pain in whatever shoulder I was lying on and I was starting to get pain in my right bicep as well., everything I did became an operation in avoiding pain, I literally adapted everything in my life around my injured shoulders.
After 4 weeks I finally decided that it was not going to resolve itself and tried Sports Massage, Accupuncture and Accupressure Massage all to no avail, a further 4 weeks in and eventually in chronic pain and eating NSAIDs like candy I figured it was serious enough to call in the big guns and I contacted Heather Pearson.
Even though she couldn't fit me in for a couple of weeks as it was Christmas she suggested some rehabilitation movements which almost straight away began to have a positive effect, we'd met previously on a course where she'd treated an issue with my knee and I had been immediately impressed with her knowledge and skills so I knew if anyone could help me she'd be my best bet. After she assessed me she determined I had some pretty serious bi-lateral weaknesses in both shoulder external rotators and also very weak lower trapezius muscles, basically the musculature around my scapulae wasn't doing what it was supposed to and my shoulders were very unstable as a result.
From the get go I felt very confident with the process and knew I'd made the right decision, initially I had two ART sessions, and a further session when I was almost fully recovered (due to a little overconfidence on a wakeboard). ART in my opinion is soft tissue black magic which Heather teaches and is very competent in it’s use, alongside this Heather prescribed a course of rehabilitation exercises, monitoring and adjusting them throughout as necessary, I knew if I needed to I could ask questions and she would be happy to answer.
I had a total of 16 weeks off from full training and with Heather's help I was able to reintroduce hard training to allow me to get myself back in shape very quickly and to top that my shoulders now both feel bullet proof. If it wasn't for Heather I would probably still be struggling to take care of the simplest of tasks but I can now enjoy pushing my limits in the gym and wrestling with my little boy and pick him up with no fear of dropping him.
Ex Professional Snowboarder National