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Shoulder Pain Causes in Glasgow & Ayrshire

Shoulder Pain Causes in Glasgow & Ayrshire

Every year, thousands of people make doctor visits related to shoulder / upper arm pain. After pain in the neck and back, shoulder pain is one of the main reasons for patients seeking Osteopathic treatment. So, why are injuries to the shoulder so prevalent?

While there are several potential reasons for this question, there is a straightforward answer: anatomy. Essentially, there are three joints that make up the shoulder: 1) the scapulothoracic joint, 2) the glenohumeral joint, and 3) the acromioclavicular joint. These joints operate at the same time and in unison to carry out the many activities that we throw at our upper extremities, from swimming to swinging a tennis racket or even reaching up to hang a curtain or adjust a light bulb. The overall configuration of the shoulder favours mobility over stability and, as a result, there is a higher risk of injury. So, what should we do to avoid damage to the shoulder?

Perhaps the most effective approach is to think before you act; that is, do not take needless risks, such as over-lifting in extremely uncomfortable positions. Instead, consider asking someone else for help. Also, use the correct form and remain focused. Research shows that a solid core (back and belly) will help avoid damage to the shoulder.

Common shoulder disorders include (but are not limited to): inflammation (bursitis and tendinitis), instability (sloppy joints), arthritis (bone / cartilage injury / wear), fracture, and nerve injuries. Injuries may be acute (from an evident cause) or, more generally, chronic wear and tear, and may occur progressively over time (from no clear, single cause).

It is important to understand that a shoulder complaint can be the end product of weakness in the body, just as a knee issue can put additional stress on the hip (or vice versa). Thus, in addition to direct treatment of the shoulder, Osteopaths can diagnose and treat problems elsewhere in the body (forward head carriage), weak core strength, changes to posture and common spinal conditions that can create shoulder pain.

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Treatment and recovery from Shoulder Pain

Osteopaths are known to treat back and spine problems including back pain and neck pain. Osteopathic care, however, can also be extremely beneficial in the treatment of pain related to the shoulders and extremities. Our Osteopath practices across Glasgow and Ayrshire offer a range of recovery options, when it comes to treating shoulder pain and relieving shoulder pain.

Some of the most prevalent types of shoulder pain are:

Frozen shoulder is an exceptionally painful condition that patients who come to our Osteopathic clinics face. It can also be debilitating and disabling, as well as being very painful. Ordinary things such as putting on a shirt or even brushing your hair can be a hardship. It can also lead to insomnia and sleep disturbance. Frozen shoulder pain can continue for years without proper therapy and intervention.

Many cases of frozen shoulder (as well as general shoulder pain) are due to an upper back (thoracic spine) and/or lower neck inflammation of the nerves. Osteopathic care can be highly effective for treating shoulder pain and relieving shoulder pain, because shoulder pain has its roots in the back and spinal region.

Our Osteopaths are well versed in a number of techniques for effective treatment of pain in the shoulder and relief of pain in the legs. There is often a first rib problems/irritation at the root of a frozen shoulder and many other forms of shoulder pain.

Treating pain in the shoulder

With your particular shoulder problem, the Osteopath should begin with a tailored evaluation and assessment of where the pain point begins. Shoulder pain is usually caused by inflammation of the nerves, tendons, muscles, ligaments or capsule area.

In some cases, the problem is located near the acromioclavicular joint or on the cervical spine. To make an accurate diagnosis, these areas will all be carefully reviewed. There may also be involvement of the triceps muscle located in the upper arm, as well as the subscapularis muscle under the shoulder blade. Once the exact physical cause is diagnosed, therapy for shoulder pain will continue. Although recovery should begin after the first adjustment, it may take a series of Osteopathic adjustments to help resolve the shoulder pain problem completely.

Count On Your Osteopath To Relieve Shoulder Pain

If you have shoulder pain problems contact Cram Osteopaths. Our Osteopathic service will provide you with a range of therapy for pain in the shoulder based on your particular condition. There really is pain relief for the shoulder! Don’t spend another day with it. Contact 0141 339 0894 Mon-Fri: 8:30am-6pm on book online at


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What Do Osteopaths Do for Shoulder Pain?

What Do Osteopaths Do for Shoulder Pain?

Typically, when people think of osteopathic treatment, they picture back pain, neck pain, and headaches, as strong research supports osteopathic treatment for these problems. But what about shoulder pain care with Osteopathic therapy?

The Government conducted ground-breaking reports in 2010 and again in 2014 that examined previously published work on various forms of treatment for many disorders, both musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal (like asthma). These reviews noted that the use of Osteopathic treatment with respect to shoulder-related conditions including pain / dysfunction in the shoulder girdle, rotator cuff pain, and adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) is supported by scientific evidence.

As osteopaths seek treatment for patients with shoulder pain, care generally focuses on improving shoulder range of movement using various manipulative and mobilising methods aimed at the three shoulder joints: The glenohumeral joint (ball & socket joint), the acromioclavicular joint (AC) and the scapulothoracic joint (shoulder blade & rib cage). Osteopathic care may also include exercise training to restore mobility, energy, and stability to the muscles and soft tissues that surround the shoulder region. During various stages of recovery following shoulder injury a variety of physical therapy modalities are also used as adjudicative techniques in many osteopathy settings. Treatment is aimed during restoring patients to their normal level of everyday activity.

But what about after surgery with shoulder pain? Can osteopathy continue to help? A study conducted in 2018 found that post-surgical patients receiving mid-back (thoracic spine) manipulation had significant increases in shoulder movement (flexion and abduction) and increased space measurements (neutral and outward rotation). The authors cited other studies that reported similar improvements in shoulder mobility as well as the kinematics (movement & stability) of the shoulder blade (scapular).

Another study examined improvements in pain in the shoulder, impairment and perceived rehabilitation in patients with shoulder pain following two sessions of upper thoracic and upper rib manipulation. In all criteria tested, which lasted for up to three months, participants reported significant improvement here, too.

Given the solid research support of manual therapies aimed not only at the shoulder but also at the neck, upper and mid-back spinal regions, Osteopathic care is simply a must for patients with shoulder pain!

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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Every year, thousands of people make doctor visits related to shoulder/upper arm pain. After neck and back pain, shoulder pain is one of the top reason’s patients seek Osteopathic care. So, why are shoulder injuries so widespread?

There are many feasible reasons that address this query, there’s a simple answer:

Anatomy. There are essentially three joints that make up the shoulder:

1) scapulothoracic joint

2) the glenohumeral joint

3) the acromioclavicular joint

These joints work concurrently and in coherence to complete many tasks we throw at our upper extremities from swinging a golf club to lifting weights, to reaching up to hang new wallpaper. The overall structure of the shoulder favours flexibility over stability and as a result, there is a larger possibility for injury. What can we do to prevent shoulder injuries?

Perhaps the most essential approach is to think before you act; that is, don’t take pointless chances like over-lifting in particularly problematic positions, ask someone else for help instead. Keep yourself in good condition, interestingly keeping a strong core is linked to healthy shoulder joints.

Most common shoulder ailments include (but are not limited to): inflammation (bursitis and tendinitis), instability (“sloppy” joints), arthritis (bone/cartilage injury/wear), fracture, and nerve injuries. Injuries can be acute (from an obvious cause) or more commonly, they can be chronic from wear and tear and can occur progressively over time (from no obvious, single cause).

It’s essential to appreciate that a shoulder disorder may be the end result of dysfunction throughout the body, just as a knee problem can place added stress on the hip (or vice versa). So, with a view to creating a successful treatment plan, your Osteopath may identify and treat conditions somewhere else within the body, that likely contribute to your shoulder pain disorder. Your Osteopath may also recommend certain food or vitamins/supplements with the aim of reducing inflammation, order to promote a faster recovery.

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You Can Relieve Shoulder Pain with Osteopathy, A Non-Invasive Treatment Option

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.





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