Shoulders are frequently injured through many activities in our daily lives.
As the shoulder is a very mobile joint, it is important it has the correct support of the surrounding muscles and shoulder blade. We find this is often not re-established after a shoulder injury or episode of shoulder pain.
KEY TIPS ON MANAGING SHOULDER PAIN:
- Avoid key aggravating activities in the gym or in your day to day life
- Learn how to release overactive tight muscles around the shoulder complex that put the shoulder in a undesirable position
- Learning how to control and strengthen your shoulder blade which supports the shoulder joint, decreasing compressive and overuse pain
- Learning how to effectively strengthen the key muscles (rotator cuff) of the shoulder joint in an effective way
- Get advice on treatment of the neck and surrounding nerve tissue around the shoulder which may be adding to your shoulder pain and dysfunction
- Learn how shoulder stability and movement works in activities such as overhead work and learn how to correctly move into and work in these positions
We commonly assess and treat a variety of shoulder pain and injuries from acute injuries in the gym or from when you have been working around the house. We also see shoulder pain that may have been there for many months or years. Some shoulders may not be too painful but very stiff. All may benefit from an assessment and management plan.
We utilise massage therapy and dry needling to reduce muscle tension around the shoulder joint and allow the shoulder to sit in its correct place and reduce referred pain from over stressed and tight muscles. From here we restore joint mobility to allow the shoulder to be able to reach its required range independently and reduce catching and pinching of the structures sin the shoulder. Then we progress through a process of shoulder stability, endurance and strength of the shoulder joint.
It is important to get on-top of a dysfunctional shoulder to allow a return to full recovery.