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I've had shoulder pains in my left shoulder for nearly a month now and have made a doctor's appt. Don't know the cause and no signs of injury. Even hurts to roll over in bed both using the arm to roll or rolling with arm  away from mattress. Do you know of a good list chart that shows the normal motions the arm can make both with shoulder and elbow movements? I'd like to move it around before my appt so I  know what to tell my doctor about what hurts.

Hi James,

Here are a couple of links to online information and pictures.  I'm not sure exactly what you are looking for.

Most doctors don't tend to know a lot about muscles and most likely your problem is caused by muscles.  That's that usual cause for pain and dysfunction.  

I hope this helps and good luck with your doctor visit.   

Please feel free to write again.

Thank you for your question.



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Kathryn Merrow


I can respond to questions about migraines and headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand-wrist-arm pain, upper back pain, and other assorted and miscellaneous pain symptoms. I can also respond to general questions about massage and how to select a massage therapist.


I have been a massage therapist since 1992 specializing primarily in pain relief techniques. I utilize the St. John Method of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT) and other bodywork modalities. I'm The Pain Relief Coach online.

Professional Member of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCTMB)


My initial training in massage was at Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer, Michigan. I have had advanced training or workshops with Kurashova Institute for Studies in Physical Medicine, St. John Neuromuscular Institute of Pain Relief, Center for Self-Healing and many others. I now share my education and experience as a Massage Instructor and Pain Relief Coach.

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The highest honor I receive is when someone tells me that they finally understand why they had pain, that they took action and that their pain is either less or is totally gone.

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I have done well over 20,000 therapeutic massage sessions, primarily with clients with various types of pain or painful syndromes.

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