Shoulder MASH

We are so pleased to see all the feedback that the H.I.A.H. (Health in a Heartbeat) segments have been generating. Here at HPC, we know that going the extra mile makes all the difference, not only as a practice, but with the relationships we form with each patient. By enabling human communication and interaction to take place in ways that go beyond traditional face-to-face interactions, we hope to inspire and instill positive energy through these videos because inevitably, when bad things happen, HPC can help you stay on top of them and keep you moving.2 The last segment focused on low back, hip and knee type scenarios, where this segment is a bit more specific to the neck and shoulders.

“They are a large percentage of our total body weight and have a corresponding impact on our health. When all is in working order, muscles allow us to perform normal activities with ease. When our muscles harbor trigger points, we experience pain, stiffness and tension, physical limitation and loss of normal function. Factors commonly cited as predisposing to trigger point formation include, but are not limited to de-conditioning, poor posture, repetitive mechanical stress, mechanical imbalance (e.g. leg length inequality), joint disorders, non-restorative sleep and vitamin deficiencies” 1


Dr. Jared uses a lacrosse ball as an orb for a more “self-controlled” myofascial release (Technical Term = Self-Myofascial Release (SMR)) or “mashing.” When using light to moderate pressure, mashing helps to loosen the tissues in your neck and shoulders, driving blood flow and warmth into tissues that consistently get beat up, regardless of who you are.


If you’re training in the gym, you probably have experienced just how much those tight muscles can affect your movements, causing you to be more susceptible to injury—pay attention to and manage these tissues with the mashing technique, as it is highly effective in treating and preventing injuries.


Even with the everyday actions like sitting or driving in a car for long periods of time, our shoulders tend to roll forward, creating technological-posture. Use mashing to treat those tissues, drive blood flow and awareness, and to build on top of your posture.


In the next HEALTH IN A HEARTBEAT, we will link this segment with a new Connection Session where we will go over stretching and exercise techniques that you can incorporate into your routine.

In the meantime, KEEP ON MASHIN’, KEEP ON MOVIN’

00:00 – HEALTH IN A HEARTBEAT—”Shoulder MASH” / 00:06 – Develop & Maintain Physician-Patient Relationship to Keep You Moving / 00:45 – Dr. J Demonstrates Shoulder MASH w/ Lacrosse Ball / 01:40 – EVERYONE Can Benefit from Mashing / 02:17 – Next on H.I.A.H—Connection Session—Posture Building Stretch & Exercise Techniques / 02:26 – KEEP ON MASHIN’, KEEP ON MOVIN’


Myofascial Therapy. (2018). In National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists. Retrieved from

Nikiphorou, E., & Bernenbaum, F. (2018, January 9). Patient–Physician Interaction on Social Media: The Physician’s Point of View. European Medical Journal, 2(1), 40-42. Retrieved from

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.