A 75-year-old client has had several vaccines for COVID and other infections over the last 9 months, and now she has pain, weakness, and limited range of motion in both shoulders. Typical massage appears to make it worse. What is happening, and what can we do about it?
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Ruth Werner is a former massage therapist, a writer, and an NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider. She wrote A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, now in its seventh edition, which is used in massage schools worldwide. Werner is also a long-time Massage & Bodywork columnist, most notably of the Pathology Perspectives column. Werner is also ABMP’s partner on Pocket Pathology, a web-based app and quick reference program that puts key information for nearly 200 common pathologies at your fingertips. Werner’s books are available at www.booksofdiscovery.com. And more information about her is available at www.ruthwerner.com.
Recent Articles by Ruth:
“Unpacking the Long Haul,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, January/February 2022, page 35, www.massageandbodyworkdigital.com/i/1439667-january-february-2022/36.
“Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy and Massage Therapy,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, September/October 2021, page 33, http://www.massageandbodyworkdigital.com/i/1402696-september-october-2021/34.
“Pharmacology Basics for Massage Therapists,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, July/August 2021, page 32, www.massageandbodyworkdigital.com/i/1384577-july-august-2021/34.
Pocket Pathology: https://www.abmp.com/abmp-pocket-pathology-app
Minimally Invasive Treatments & Alternatives to Orthopedic Surgery,… (no date) Boston Sports. Available at: https://bostonsportsandbiologics.com/blog/tenex-for-shoulder-injury-related-to-vaccine-administration-sirva (Accessed: 3 June 2022).
Rare and Preventable: Painful Post-vax Shoulder Problems (no date) Medscape. Available at: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/970794 (Accessed: 6 June 2022).
Starkman, E. (no date) What Is SIRVA?, WebMD. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/what-is-sirva (Accessed: 3 June 2022).
Wood, C.T. and Ilyas, A.M. (2022) ‘Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration: Diagnosis and Management’, Journal of Hand Surgery Global Online, 4(2), pp. 111–117. doi:10.1016/j.jhsg.2021.12.009.
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