Published on Locomotor system.

This is the key joint of the upper limbs.

It is the yang axis, masculine axis, the axis of will, symbolised by the Father.

A person who has large shoulders is a more masculine being, with a higher number of masculine hormones. Nowadays, with the masculinization of women, women have much wider shoulders, in some specific cases.

People with lowered shoulders are, in general, innocuous, with little aggressiveness, although sometimes their behaviour seems to indicate the opposite, albeit unsuccessfully.

Changes in the rhythm of action are located on the shoulder. For instance, in the case of tennis, when serving, in golf, when swinging, in handball, when aiming at the goal post. In all cases, it is the whipping movement that shoulder makes that accelerates rhythm.

The person needs to speed up something that needs to be done. He does this with his shoulder, either when playing a sport or in his daily life. When the person cannot make this accelerating movement, he feels undervalued and then the problem in the shoulder strikes. Problems in the joints are always associated to undervaluation.

The person suffering from shoulder-related problems feels that the future is not arriving sufficiently fast, or that his own goals are too distant. Shoulders represent what comes from the past and is to be projected in the future.

Will my arm be long enough to get there?

Shoulder-related problems denote undervaluation because the person has little flexibility with in his mental pattern. Lesions indicate that the person’s mental pattern is not working.

In almost all cases, the right shoulder is yang (masculine) and the left is yin (feminine). This applies both to left and right-handed people. Problems in the yang shoulder show inflexibility and also undervaluation [due to the influence of a third person (a man?) or to the person’s obsessive beliefs]. The person wants to go further than what is reasonable. He will insist, be stubborn, a fighter, somehow harsh, and he only wants to pursue his goal. Goals blind him. He may be following the Father model (in case the person is a Father) far too closely. However, as the person is trying to attain the unattainable, his deepest beliefs regarding his capacity to make his will and goals achievable are questioned or shaken. And so, the person feels undervalued.

Problems in the yin shoulder show inflexibility and also undervaluation [due to the influence of a third person (a woman?) or to the person’s obsessive beliefs]. The person’s sensibility is hurt in his way to attain the goal. It denotes a type of behaviour that goes against the person’s sensibility and fragility in what concerns goals. The person may be following the Mother model (in case the person is a Mother) far too closely.

Shoulder-related problems are linked to the fact that the person wishes to intervene in issues that are none of his business, either by speeding them up or by changing them. In other words, the person stretches so that he can reach where he cannot reach. In these cases, problems in the shoulder tendon are common, and they are extremely painful, forcing the person to be still.

Inability to move the shoulder means that the person sees no future for his action. It means he will remain inflexible in his way of thinking and in stipulating his objectives, trapped in his stubbornness that things must happen in the exact way he wanted. Shoulder fractures represent a shock at the level of deep beliefs regarding the difficulty in taking action, and, simultaneously, a major relief from the pressure the person was feeling.

People who accumulate anger have chronic tension on their shoulders, neck and arms.

Pimples on the shoulders denote tension associated to separation and, above all, difficulty in communicating with the Father or with the man, or with someone who plays a typically masculine role.

See also clavicle.

To find out more about lowered shoulders, cyphosis, hump, see Dorsal Vertebrae.

The shoulder is a joint. Joint bones are kept in place by ligaments and tendons that only allow normal movement. Muscles also help determine joint stability. The joint is enclosed in a fibrous capsule filled with a thin membrane that constantly produces a small amount of fluid; this fluid, called synovial fluid, acts as a nutrient and a lubricant to the cartilage. In a normal joint, the top of the bones that make it up are covered by a cap of off-white elastic matter, the cartilage, which allows the smooth movement of bones and acts like a cushion that absorbs the impact of bone movement and, particularly, weight. Arthrosis results from the progressive wear and tear of the joint tissue, particularly of the cartilage, that leads to increasing pain, deformity, and difficulty of movement. The onset of arthrosis starts with the deterioration of the cartilage, which loses its elasticity and becomes less effective. In the absence of part or all of this cushioning effect of the cartilage, the bones rub one another and cause friction, inflammation, pain, and difficulty in moving.

In very advanced stages of this condition, pieces of cartilage and bone may get loose and lodge themselves in the joint, seriously limiting or blocking movement altogether.

The hips, knees, shoulders, feet, and fingers are the body parts most frequently affected by this condition.

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