Have you suffered from a pain in the shoulder? Have your friends or family complained about shoulder pain? Shoulder pain can be very debilitating, how hard is it to drive? Carry groceries? Put your jacket on? Sleep on your side in bed? Or even lift your arm up? Sometimes any position your shoulder is in seems to make it hurt.
As well as limiting your ability to perform everyday tasks shoulder pain can also produce a range of symptoms including the following:
- Pain in the front, back or side of the shoulder
- Pain in between the shoulder blades
- Radiating pain down the arm
- Tingling in the shoulder or on the shoulder blade
- Weakness in the arm
- Decreased range of motion
- Stiffness in the shoulder and neck
- Pain in the chest
Sometimes shoulder pain can be instantaneous, like when it happens as a result of lifting something awkwardly or an injury sustained during a recreational activity like tennis or gardening. Most of the time shoulder pain comes on gradually over months or even years usually as a result of repetitive strain or poor posture.
There are many different terms you will hear people talk about when they talk about shoulder pain. Here is an example of a few:
- Tendinitis – supraspinatus or biceps
- Rotator cuff injury or rupture
- Bursitis – subacromial
- Shoulder Impingment
- Repetitive strain injury
- Frozen shoulder
- AC joint injury
Even though some of the shoulder injuries above sound scary, all of them can be successfully treated by our Myotherapists at Optimum Muscular Health.
How can an Optimum Muscular Health Myotherapist help your shoulder pain?
Firstly, to understand how we can best help you it is important to know a little about the biomechanics of the shoulder. The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body, allowing us to move it through a large range of motion and in a variety of directions. This is made possible because the ligaments and muscles around the shoulder joint (rotator cuff) are what give the joint structural support and strength.
Unfortunately though the rule is; Increased range of motion = decreased joint stability and increased risk of injury
Relying heavily on muscles structures for joint stability leads to a variety of issues as muscles that are overused or weak will not function to their optimum capacity, thus decreasing overall joint stability. This is where our Myotherapists at Optimum Muscular Health can help you.
As Myotherapists, we specialise in the treatment of muscles to relieve pain and restore joint function. As a high percentage of shoulder injuries are a result of poor muscle function and biomechanics, our treatment methods and approach have proven to be very effective.
Our Myotherapists at Optimum Muscular Health will assess your shoulder by conducting relevant joint and muscle tests followed by a ‘hands on’ treatment approach where we will work on all the relevant muscle structures around the shoulder and any other related areas, relieving symptoms and increasing muscle and joint range of motion.
Although treatment is great and can be very effective, it will have a band-aid approach and high recurrence rate if the cause of the shoulder pain is not identified. Therefore as part of your initial consultation at Optimum Muscular Health we will go through:
- A thorough history detailing daily activities and habits
- A postural analysis and muscle testing to identify the areas of muscle imbalance or weakness
Furthermore we will work together to eliminate the causative factors, advise you on good posture, exercises and stretches to help maintain good muscle strength and balance, decreasing the risk of your shoulder pain recurring.