The shoulder joint is actually called the glenohumeral joint (gleno – glenoid – is the socket and humeral is the humerus – the long bone of the upper arm). This particular area might well be the main source of shoulder pain for patients visiting the doctor or the physical therapist. However, there are numerous other joints of the shoulder region as well as other associated structures that can also be the source (causative factor) for the presenting symptoms for shoulder pain – hence the term shoulder complex.
In The Vital Shoulder Complex author and respected bodywork specialist John Gibbons looks at one of the most important areas of the body, teaching the reader how to recognize pain and dysfunctional patterns that arise from the shoulder complex. Gibbons addresses key issues such as:
- Differential diagnosis of shoulder pathology
- The relationship of the pelvis, the SI joint, and the gluteals to the shoulder complex
- Pathologies of the shoulder and cervical spine
- Special tests associated with the shoulder complex
- Rehabilitation and exercise protocols for the shoulder complex