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Copyright © Alastair McLoughlin 2015    Revised © Alastair McLoughlin 2019 and 2022

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This is rapid and easy to apply.

See the instructional video presentation for clarification and exact finger placement.


When abduction of the arm/shoulder is restricted.

This work also complements and contributes to additional improvement with the AoB Respiration procedure.
Apply this sequence AFTER the Respiratory procedure to augment the effect.


Please exclude the possibility of any bony fracture or problem due to a recent injury that persists and is not responding to treatment.
Refer for medical diagnosis if you are unsure about any undiagnosed medical condition.

Position of the patient:

Standing or seated for both assessment and application of AoB moves.

Ask the client to carry the arm into abduction, as shown in the video presentation.  
We demonstrate reduced abduction at various angles of elevation.

Note the range of movement so a comparison can be made, post-treatment.

Sometimes pain is felt in the shoulder when the arm is abducted.
Sometimes tightness of the shoulder joint is experienced.

Application of the AoB procedure:

Locate the correct starting and finishing points for this series of moves - as shown in the video presentation as:

(a) - > (b)

and also in the second video sequence as:


Apply the movements as shown, using the pads of the fingers - usually three fingers.

Apply the work to both sides of the body (for both shoulders) IF this is indicated.


Reassess the client - as shown - by asking the client to abduct their arm - as far as it can moved comfortably.  

There should be an immediate release and improved freedom of movement in the shoulder, although you may have to repeat this sequence again for stubborn abduction problems.

How it works:

This sequence helps release the side line of fascia that runs along the outer part of the torso as well as Serratus Anterior and Latissimus Dorsi.
Restriction or tension of the fascial layers can prevent shoulder abduction.

In a similar way, this sequence assists with respiration and is complementary to the AoB Respiratory procedure.

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