Shoulder Pain

Adhesive Capsulitis

More commonly known as Frozen Shoulder. This is a condition where the normally mobile and loose shoulder capsule becomes tight and restricted, limiting the amount of movement the shoulder has.

The normal progression of this condition is the ‘freezing stage’ which is quite painful and restriction slowly increases. Then the ‘frozen’ stage where the shoulder is restricted but less painful, and finally the ‘thawing’ stage where the shoulder begins to loosen and mobility returns. Manual therapy of surrounding musculature can assist in pain relief and comfort levels and our trained practitioners will have referral possibilities for you.

Rotator Cuff Strains

Because your shoulder joint is quite an unstable joint, your body has a set of muscles which act as a ‘cuff’ to support joint glenohumeral joint. If your posture has been less than stellar or maybe you hurt it during training or game situations, manual therapy can assist in decreasing pain and inflammation and decrease healing time.

Bursitis

A bursa is a fluid filled sac which sits between tendons and muscles and the nearby bones and joints. Sometimes when the muscles and tendons place too much pressure on the bursa, it becomes irritated and swells and becomes painful. You will usually notice this pain when trying to sleep on the affected side. By decreasing the tension of the surrounding musculature and offloading the joints, the pain can be decreased and movement regained.

Instability

Shoulder instability may have been caused by an accident, a collision during a football game or a loose joint capsule. Manual therapy can assist with addressing tight muscles around the area which may place the shoulder under too much load. It may also strengthen surrounding musculature to improve the support structures of your shoulder to improve stable mobility.

Treatment For Shoulder Pain

Osteopathy can be very effective at treating and managing shoulder pain. Whatever the cause of the pain, the soft tissue techniques used will help to reduce muscle tension, pain, and improve circulation to the affected tissues. This will be combined with gentle joint manipulation and articulation techniques to help increase joint range of movement and as needed electrotherapy or dry needling. Shockwave Therapy has also been shown to help relieve chronic rotator cuff pain. Personalised education and rehabilitation will help you manage pain and injury in the short and long term.

The Whole Body Clinic can assist with all of your shoulder pain symptoms. To see how, please click on our Services.

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