There are many causes of shoulder pain: repetitive movements, manual labour, aging, and even excessive exercise may cause this problem. We have three major bones on our shoulder; humerus (long arm bone), scapula (shoulder blade), and clavicle (collarbone). All these bones are attached to the four main joints, and if one of these joints is damaged, shoulder pain can occur. For example, if the muscles and tendons that stabilise the shoulder are damaged, a problem called “rotator cuff injury” occurs. Damage to the tendon in the biceps muscle causes another problem called “biceps tendinopathy”. “Adhesive capsulitis”, also known as frozen shoulder, is a disease that can cause long term limited shoulder movement. Your shoulder has a complex bone, muscle, and tendon structure – any of them may not working properly resulting in pain and stiffness.
Shoulder pain is often treated with exercise and heat/cold packs. If the pain is too severe, surgical intervention can be performed. However, invariably none of these treatment options are fully effective longer term. Physiotherapy offers limited benefit and surgical intervention involves many risks. However, Osteopathy can help you get rid of shoulder pain without feeling any pain or taking medication. Moreover, there are many clinical trials that prove this.
Osteopathic Treatment of Shoulder Pain
An osteopath first determines where the shoulder pain comes from. Osteopaths are professionals who specialise in the musculoskeletal system and know that pain and problem areas are not always the same. In other words, the cause of your shoulder pain may not be directly related to your shoulder: Osteopaths therefore first identify the problem area and form a treatment plan according to the outcome.
This treatment consists essentially of using physical manipulation, stretching, and massage techniques separately or in combination. Osteopaths apply rhythmical articulation techniques and primarily focuses on increasing the mobility of the joints. Thus, muscle tension is reduced, more blood goes to the tissue, and the body begins to heal itself. In this context, if there is a possibility of causing shoulder pain, the above-listed treatments can be applied for the low back and hips areas too. In other words, treatment proceeds differently for each individual because shoulder pain can have many causes as mentioned above.
So, is osteopathic treatment effective? Clinical trials have shown that osteopathy is indeed a useful treatment. For example, a study conducted by BMC Public Health in Australia shows that 90% of patients who treat shoulder pain with osteopathy are satisfied with the results (*). This research continued for 12 months and was conducted on 1,067 people. Although 90% of the participants visited an osteopath only 6 times in a 12-month period, they were very satisfied with the results. A clinical trial conducted by the JAOA in the United States shows a reduction in chronic pain in patients receiving osteopathic treatment for 14 weeks (**). In other words, osteopathy really works – you don’t have to live with shoulder pain.
Osteopathy provides painless, effective, and permanent solutions. Make an appointment today at Cram Osteopaths and put an end to shoulder pain. Thank you.