SHOULDER PAIN

Do you suffer from shoulder pain? oh boy are you not alone! Shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints of patients in our clinic.

The shoulder joint, known as the glenohumeral joint, is such an interesting structure. The shoulder joint needs to allow a very large range of movement. In order to allow so much movement the joint itself is very simple and as a result very unstable. The GHJ is made up of 3 bones; the clavical (collar bone), the scapular (shoulder blade) and the humerus (arm bone).

Structures such as the joint capsule, intrinsic ligaments and ample layers of muscle tissue are what make the the shoulder joint stable. Ever heard of the term rotator cuff? The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles; infraspinatus, supraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor. This group of muscles plays an important role in shoulder stability. Overuse, sprains, thickening and tears are common among the group. Fortunately, conservative treatments such as massage techniques and corrective exercise can really aid to a full recovery. Imaging such as ultrasound and MRI are sometimes needed for a full diagnosis and some times surgical intervention is the way to go.

Due to the complex muscle network that surrounds the GHJ, when one or more muscles are injured, it is very easy for other muscles to help out and compensate, causing a muscular imbalance in the shoulder region.

Treatment techniques that our Myotherapy and Remedial Massage team can provide for shoulder pain includes cupping, dry needling, strapping and corrective exercises.

Pain can easily be coming from referred muscle pain, local bursae, squished tendons, inflammation or the joint capsule. Assessment of the musculoskeletal system will help outline which structures are involved and help develop a tailored treatment plan to help regain balance, strength and pain free range of movement.

We'll ask again, do you suffer from shoulder pain? If the answer is yes, do something about it and book in to see one of our team members today.

We are proud of the local network of allied health practitioners in our area. If we can't help you or if we think you would benefit from another form of treatment such as osteo, physio chiro etc then we will refer you on!

Berwick Myotherapy is here to help YOU move pain free!

Give our team a buzz to ask any questions you may have.

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