The Cause of Bursitis

There are many causes for Bursitis:


As a child I worked on a family farm, doing a great deal of heavy labor, milking the cows, tending the garden, etc. I have had back problems since my teens when I was knocked off of a farm truck by an angry bull and fell flat on my back. For 20 years I had bursitis in my shoulders and have had my share of cortisone and other medication. I lived on codeine for 25 years. At night I could not find a comfortable sleeping position. I could not even roll over in bed without pain in my back, neck, and shoulders.

My hands and arms were very painful. When I got up in the morning I could hardly stand or walk. I was in constant pain 24 hours a day.

In 1979 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis because I had very little range of motion.

In 1985 I was diagnosed with a herniated lumbar disc. This was probably why I had a problem with bending over.

I also went from doctor to doctor and paid my dues. Nothing seemed to be working until I got involved with alternative health (my first encounter with Touch for Health was in 1979), and started to learn about how muscles work and the cause of my bursitis, RSI, and CTS.

I had my last cortisone shot in Oct 1981. In July 1982, while attending the Touch for Health annual meeting, I had another attack of bursitis, but I was in the right place at the right time. Before rushing off to the hospital emergency to get another cortisone shot, I asked one of the Touch For Health instructors to look at my shoulder, which was very painful. Within 10 minutes I could raise my arm, and the pain was gone. Being a skeptic myself, I had to experience it before I believed it. Amazing but true. My right arm and wrist felt better. Remember, Muscles pull on Bones; Bones do not pull on muscles.


The technique the TFH instructor used was to work on relaxing the Anterior Deltoid muscle on upper arm, which was very tight, and also to work on strengthening the Teres Minor Muscle, which was weak. This is called balancing a Reactive Muscle combination.

My interpretation of what Bursitis consists of is that the muscles in the arm get so tight that they place pressure on the Bursa, and the Bursa gets inflamed. Relax the tight muscles, which in turn releases the pressure on the Bursa, and the pain goes away. Simple, but effective, once you understand which muscles to work with.

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