Help with Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is very common and unfortunately can have a huge impact on a person’s life sometimes making work and normal activity painful or impossible.

Causes of Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain can come on suddenly after an injury or fall or can develop gradually over time.

  • Poor posture
  • Overuse of muscles
  • Trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Impingement (also known as “trapped nerve”)
  • Rotator cuff injury

If the pain is severe or came on after a serious trauma please seek medical advice, otherwise you can try some self help measures.

Self Help

  • Ask a pharmacist to recommend some suitable painkillers
  • A heat/cold pack might ease the pain by relaxing the muscles
  • Be aware of your posture especially when working at a computer for long periods of time
  • Exercise the shoulders gently – do arm circles and gentle stretches but if in pain avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous work

Massage

Massage can be helpful as it increases the blood circulation to the area, speeding up healing and helping muscles in spasm to relax.  As part of a sports massage stretching techniques are also used which reduce muscular tension and pain.

I’ve written some more information on sports massage

Massage should be suitable for most people, however if pain has come on following a serious trauma you should see a medical professional first for a check up before attending for a massage.
If you have any questions or would like to book in for a massage please contact me

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