Good Morning all, or whatever it is where you are....
I thought I would try to be entrpreneurish like Mark, and do some experiments. I am sure I am not the only one here who has problem with tense and painful shoulders, with winging shoulderblades. One day I got to thinking about whether or not taping would off some relief, and I spoke to a PT who knows a lot about shoulders etc. I went to see him this morning, and as for now he has taped my shoulderblades in place by placing tape down the trapezious muscles. He will probably do more, but we will ofcourse try to apply the smallest amount of tape with the highest amount of relief.
The good news is that he applied the tape about four hours ago, and whereas it is not a miracle, I have noticed that I can raise my arm over my head much easier and without compensating with other muscles etc. I went and showed it to my regular PT, who immediately noticed better mobility in my shoulders. I have no pain relief yet, but I really didn't expect that for a while, the muscles need to have time to know that they can relax and that they are able to perform the tasks they are designed to do.
My theory is that the tape will obviously not be able to "fix" the broken muscles, but it can offer support to the ones that still work, and prevent them from becoming overworked. I will keep you posted. I see the guy nearly every day as he works in the clinic where I go to work out in the pool in the morning. Yup, you can swim with it on!