“Steve” was suffering from quite intense shoulder pain, which can often be the result of exercising too hard or lifting weights that are too heavy, however upon initial consultation we established that he had been undertaking some DIY at home, specifically decorating, and the continual high reaching painting stance had clearly taken its toll.
If you are doing something of this nature, bear in mind that your muscles (shoulder joint in this case) will be going through paces that they are unfamiliar with and may well react to being used in ways they are not used to.
The primary focus of the treatment was on massaging the shoulder muscles connecting to the shoulder girdle and easing the tension. Following a couple of treatments, Steve was able to assess the improvement by checking the range of movement through his shoulder and once he was pain free and able to fully rotate his arm and shoulder joint he was reassured that there was no long term damage.
Shoulder pain varies greatly and can range from a simple over use as in the example above, through to tendonitis, frozen shoulder or rotator cuff injury and all would be treated in a different manner.
Shoulder pain is very common and can be caused by several reasons.
- Incorrect gym exercises (lack of warm up, too many reps, bearing to heavy weight)
- climbing (pulling or tearing a muscles)
- accidents such as car, bicycle, motor bike
- chronic – presenting for few years
- creeps up “for no apparent reason” and can vary from pain on rotation, flexion or abduction
The treatment of shoulder pain varies from person to person. It combines gentle manipulation of the joint, massaging all the muscles that form the shoulder girdle to increase the mobility. The focus is to get the shoulder to its full range of movement. Common shoulder problems treated are rotator cuff problems, deltoid injuries, biceps tears, pectoralis major injuries and frozen shoulder. The later is treated with specific technique called Niel-Asher technique. Since each shoulder injury is different there is no one set number of treatment. As a rule the longer you had it the more treatments may be required.