SHOULDER PAIN:
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Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Treatment

Shoulder pain problems are often complex and may take a long time to resolve. We use massage and stretching techniques to reduce tension in tight local muscles and gradually improve the movement in your shoulder. We may also realign the joints and massage the muscles in your neck, upper and mid back and shoulder blade area if we judge they contribute to your shoulder pain. We may also use dry needling (modern acupuncture) to relax muscles, stimulate blood circulation and tissue repair. We provide specific tailored exercises to strengthen and/or loosen the shoulder, and also give advice on posture, lifestyle and shoulder strapping.

We sometimes require X-rays, scans and other tests to make a diagnosis and on rarer occasions may refer you to a GP or a specialist for additional investigation or treatment.

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Shoulder Pain Symptoms

  • Dull or sharp pain in the shoulder or upper arm, especially when weight-bearing, lifting the arm or lying on it
  • Stiff and painful shoulder limiting your ability to use the arm in everyday activities, and worsening as the working day progresses
  • Painful joint on the tip of the shoulder where the collarbone and the shoulder blade meet up
  • Swelling, stiffness, aching and sharp stabbing pain in the shoulder

Shoulder Tension

As osteopaths, we take a very pragmatic approach to this condition, checking the patient to rule out any untoward factors, then combining a regimen of physical therapy and exercise to eliminate symptoms, improve posture and lifestyle, and reduce the risk of any symptom re-occurrence.

Exercise Videos

We have selected the exercises we most frequently advise our patients to do and turned them into short video clips.

bridge to health excercise video


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Top Tips to Avoid Shoulder Pain

  • 1.Avoid staying in the same position for too long
  • 2.Check your posture, especially when sitting at a desk or in front of a screen
  • 3.Do not sit at your desk for longer than two hours – get up, move and stretch
  • 4.Ensure you use an ergonomic, “semi-pronated” or “vertical” mouse
  • 5.If you are a heavy computer user, alternate using the mouse with the left and right hand
  • 6.Have a daily routine of gentle neck, shoulder and back exercises to keep your shoulder, neck and upper back relaxed – specifically, ensure you are stretching chest muscles and strengthening back muscles between your shoulder blades
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