Healing Shoulder Pain

It is surprising how many individuals are unaware that healing shoulder pain is possible. It is ironic that when I wrote the blog article How to Avoid Joint Pain”, I subsequently developed pain in my left shoulder, and I had been exercising consistently, so I wondered why?

Seeking an answer to my question, “Why”?

I went back and reviewed Dr. John M. Kirsch’s book, “SHOULDER PAIN? The Solution & Prevention.”  Dr. Williams suggested from Dr. Kirsch’s work, hang from a chin-up bar for 30 seconds three times a week. Paying closer attention to details related to my problem, I found some additional important answers to my shoulder pain problem.

Desire to Help

Dr. Kirsch wrote his book as “a moral obligation” having taken the Hippocratic Oath as he graduated from medical school; the last line of which is, “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.”  My blog articles are in the same spirit – desiring to help as best I can those who read them. My goal is to learn how to love my neighbor.

Shoulder Pain Improvement

I first put up this blog article in May 2018.  Now in August 2018, I am happy to report my shoulder pain is gone, and I have full functionality of my shoulders. The relevant and important details I learned in my second reading of his book regarding shoulder pain are:

“The hanging exercise is done over a ten to fifteen minute period during which you hang for 10-30 second intervals using both hands as tolerated, applying full or partial body weight.  You should hang for brief intervals at first, taking rest breaks for a minute or so…  The only body parts which should be active are the hands for gripping the bar.  The hands must be in a position with the palms forward, not in the chin-up position…
Most persons will have a fair amount of pain or discomfort when first attempting to hang… the pain experienced while hanging from a bar will not injure the shoulder,…”

He then suggests different ideas for making or having a hanging bar.  Then he says:
“The hanging exercise is followed with weight lifting exercises that are best performed immediately after the hanging exercise, for it is then that the CA arch has been stretched allowing the rotator cuff tendon to move more freely beneath the arch.  These simple weight lifting exercises are important for strengthening the rotator cuff muscles and other muscles that raise the arm.  Strengthening these muscles will balance the forces around the shoulder and restore the rotator cuff tendon and muscles to a robust healthy condition.  The weight lifting exercises, while straight-forward, require more effort than the hanging exercises…
A realistic long term goal for most persons is 30 to 45 repetitions with 5-8 lb weights.  These exercises should include at least forward, lateral and extension arm elevations with the arm positioned with palms down and brought to full elevation with each repetition.  The palms down position is important, as it positions the upper part of the humerus bone to contact and stretch the CA arch ligament and bone.”

I use five-pound weights and I also do back stokes with the weights and forward strokes about 15 times with each arm while standing, as if I were swimming or back stroking.

A Book Worth Reading

For those who know they already have a rotator cuff tear, he has a set of recommendations, and I suggest you get his book “Shoulder Pain Solution and Prevention” to help you overcome your challenge.  I typically do these exercises each morning while listening to the Book of Mormon in French, which has many other benefits!


Having had an amazing miracles in Houston on the 14th and 16th of May (2018) with a stroke, a blessing, another stroke, another blessing allowing me to give my international IEEE talk for  over an hour, I stand all amazed at the Lord’s goodness.  A week later, I learned that I have atrial fibrillation, which causes coagulation in the heart.  This caused the stroke the week before.  Another blessing put me on step three of this healing path as I deal with life’s challenges.  Important lessons can be learned every step of the way.

I continue to marvel at the miraculous design of our bodies for self-healing. I have some suggestions on our book’s web site on “How to be your own doctor,” because our bodies are designed to self-heal if we will do our part:  For me our body’s design is a direct manifestation of an infinitely loving God.

David Allan