Shoulder Pain

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.