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Shoulder Pain

Shoulder problems can be very challenging and for good reason.  Just when progress is made the patient, through no fault of their own, does something to set themselves back. This is because we are constantly using our shoulders. 

For example, when we pick up a young child, when we tie our shoelaces and even when we make a cup of tea or coffee.

These ligaments, tendons and muscles all work together to create the movement and strength required for proper function, making diagnosis of the troubled area more difficult.  

Causes of Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. It is easily injured because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. To remain stable, the shoulder must be anchored by its muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Problems can occur in any of these tissues and lead to pain in the shoulder.

Shoulder pain may be localised or may be referred to areas around the shoulder or down the arm. Problems in the neck also may cause pain that travels along nerves to the shoulder.


Massage Can Help

The nerves in the neck supply the shoulder and arm. Often problems in the shoulder are due to problems in the neck also. Not only do we look at the area of the pain, but we also look to other areas in the body that can be causing the problem. When you come to us we look at you as a whole person, not just your individual parts.

Massage can help with:

• Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)

• Impingement syndrome

• Rotator cuff injury

• Tendonitis

• Bursitis