Most shoulder problems fall into 4 classifications:
- Tendon inflammation/tendon tear (rotator cuff)
- Instability (ligamentous, tendon tear)
- Arthritis (damaged cartilage)
- Fracture (broken bone)
The shoulder is Made Up of 3 bones:
- Humerus (long bone of upper arm)
- Clavicle (collar bone)
- Scapula (shoulder blade)
The soft tissue surrounding the shoulder girdle is comprised of:
- Fibrous ring of cartilage (the labrum)
- Glenoid or shoulder socket
- Rotator Cuff (4 muscles/ tendons which include the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis)
- The Deltoid muscle and Long Head of the Biceps Tendon
- Ligaments which help stabilize the shoulder
How Does Massage and Manual Therapy Help Shoulder Problems/ Pain?
- Stretching helps to improve range of motion
- Massage and mobilization help to break up scar tissue or adhesions
- Massage helps decrease myofascial trigger points thereby reducing your pain.
- Improved circulation helps facilitate healing.