Rotator Cuff and Frozen Shoulder Problems
Causes of Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain and stiffness can be very debilitating. We rely upon our shoulders for everyday activities – shopping, dressing, washing ourselves and looking after our children and pets. The shoulder is a very shallow ball and socket joint – this is what gives the shoulder its large range of movement. However, with such a gain in movement, we naturally lose stability. The shoulder is particularly prone to injury and dysfunction because of its unique anatomy.
Some of the biggest shoulder problems include:
- Frozen shoulder
- Rotator cuff problems
- Acromioclavicular joint problems
- Labral tears
- Pain referred from the neck or thorax
- Muscular trigger points
Shoulder injuries are common in contact sports such as rugby and American football, as well as in non contact sports where falls onto the shoulder can result in shoulder or acromioclavicular damage.
The most common causes of shoulder injuries includes:
- repetitive lifting overhead
- overhead throwing sports
- contact sports/collisions
- falls and direct trauma
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A little while back I started what I believed to be the early signs of a frozen shoulder. It would’ve been my third, so I know the signs and more importantly I know how truly horrible they are. I had also read about the Niel Asher technique and the importance of early treatment. I was very panicked and a little pessimistic about the situation but found Tracey through internet research. My view today is that she has saved me from what would have been a terrible few months. Through incredible reassurance, some careful but effective manipulation and a very good ongoing exercise regime and dialogue, the shoulder hasn’t been allowed to freeze and is now well on the mend. I have done about 6 sessions with her, far fewer than I have had for previous frozen shoulders, when I got in there too late and had poor results. I cannot recommend this technique with her highly enough.John Roberts
Shoulder Pain Treatment
The type and cause of shoulder pain will direct the type of treatment offered. Most treatments will involve gentle movements (active and passive), traction and soft tissue treatments to the shoulder area. Heat may be advised for tender trigger points which aren’t suitable for more direct work. Exercise and postural advice will be given to help with shoulder movement, range and dynamic control. An osteopath will also direct attention to the spine near the shoulder to look for dysfunction which may be contributing to the problem. For example, a very stiff spine won’t rotate very well, which will force a reaching arm and shoulder to have to work harder and create more compression in the front of the shoulder. Helping improve mobility in the spine will reduce this influence upon shoulder movement, making your recovery faster and longer lasting.
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