For 13 years, Rhonda Taylor suffered from pain and a shrinking range of motion in her shoulder and neck.
She tried a variety of treatments, but the problem kept getting worse until she discovered a deep-tissue massage technique known as A.R.T. — Active Release Technique — that got down to the root of her problem.
Originating with an auto accident those many years ago, her shoulder pain was making routine daily tasks increasingly difficult.
"I couldn't even raise my arm up high enough to lift a brush or dry my hair. I was not able to reach across and rub a washcloth on my other shoulder," says the Medford resident, a teacher at Griffin Creek Elementary School.
Frustrated with her deteriorating condition, Taylor submitted to an MRI. The results revealed that although her shoulder joint was fine, a massive volume of scar tissue and muscle adhesions surrounded it. Each time she reached too far or too high, the muscle would tear a little more, and it would heal back with more scar tissue.