Are you experiencing pain and pinching on shoulder movement, reduced range of motion of the shoulder or aching pain in the upper arm/shoulder?
What are the rotator cuff muscles?
The rotator cuff muscles are a set of four muscles located at the shoulder. They attach from the shoulder blade to the tip of the shoulder (right at the top of the upper arm). These muscles help to control the movement and stability of the shoulder. Because of this, they activate heavily when there is strain or trauma to the shoulder. Therefore, the tendon (where the muscle attaches to the bone) can often get over strained and inflamed. This is known as rotator cuff tendinitis and is very common.
How do I resolve the issue?
In most cases, the conservative approach to treatment is preferred as a first port of call. The rehabilitation approach for this type of shoulder injury usually incorporates three important aspects.
1) Manual therapy – the assessment may help you to understand if there are compensatory tensions or if there is anything that is (or could be) preventing your shoulder from recovering as quickly as possible. Osteopathic techniques include rhythmic joint movements, joint decompression, stretch and muscle/fascial release. These are aimed at improving function, pain and range of motion of the shoulder and its supporting systems. This can really help recovery, especially if the issue has been around for a long time!
2) Stretch and mobility exercises – these can help to reduce tension and regain function of the shoulder, so that you can do the things you want to do again.
3) Strengthening exercises – these help to build up more resilience in the shoulder, as well as helping to prevent recurrence of the injury in the future.
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