Shoulder Pain or Tension | Rotator Cuff Injury | Frozen Shoulder | Unable to lift arms overhead
The shoulder blade has the most amount of muscle attachments (17 muscles) and it is the most free-floating bone in the body, so it is no surprise that we experience pain or discomfort at different times in this area.
With computers a daily accessory for most there is a common habit of keeping the shoulders in a slightly elevated position as we type away all day ? and they stay up even after we go home.
Muscles that are designed to switch on and switch off are kept in use 24 hours a day. Adhesions develop, gluing the muscle and fascial fibres together, restricting their ability to stretch and contract as you move. In extreme cases this is known as Frozen Shoulder, and you are unable to lift your arm past a certain height, nor rotate the arm at the shoulder joint.
With Rotator Cuff Injuries there are 4 primary muscles affected ? supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor. These muscles are the primary movers of the humerus (upper arm bone) and muscles can be torn or ligaments stretched or the joint capsule compromised during sporting or recreational activities. Injuries to this area occur post a build-up of long-term stress either through activity or a body holding pattern, which is released in treatment.
Depending on the type and severity of injury, we use a combination of shoulder joint, muscle and fascial work using Remedial and Sports Treatment techniques and Myofascial Release. As your shoulders recover we introduce you to a series of exercises to strengthen the muscles which are weak and led to the development of pain and stretching exercises for the muscles which have been overworked as part of your rehabilitation and ongoing health.