According to PMC, shoulder pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders and may reduce the performance efficiency of a person, as well as reduce productive activities. It affects nearly 20 percent of the population. Having shoulder pain can be hard to accomplish daily activities, even sleeping, and impact the overall quality of life. Good news! Massage therapy can be an effective, and safe as well, pain reliever!
What is A Shoulder?
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that connects the arm to the torso and is considered one of the most mobile parts of the human body. Two parts make up the joint, namely glenohumeral and acromioclavicular joints. Held together by ligaments and muscles, the joints facilitate the movement of the arm enabling it to circle and rotate.
Causes of Shoulder Pain
Because the shoulder is used so frequently every single day, it is subject to repetitive-motion injuries. Many causes of shoulder pain have not improved over time, remain persistent, or reoccurring repeatedly. Several conditions can cause shoulder pain, including the following:
An inflamed and swelling bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion of the joints.
When joints are overused, the tendons (they bind muscles to bones) become inflamed and cause pain. Chronic tendonitis can be caused by degenerative diseases like arthritis.
All signs of arthritis, a condition caused by wear and tear of the joints, are stiffness, swelling, and pain.
The top of the shoulder blade (the acromion) sometimes puts a strain on the tendons and bursae of the rotator cuff in a sort of collision that impedes normal motion and movement.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Lifting and other overhead repetitive movements can lead to tendon tears that damage the rotator cuff.
“Frozen” shoulder symptoms are also known as adhesive capsulitis, including stiffness and discomfort from any movement, restricting the range of motion. If you are healing from a disease that prevents you from moving your arm, like a stroke or mastectomy, the risk of developing it increases.
Some types of massage therapy may relieve symptoms of all these conditions stated above. To learn more, see our video here:
Why Massage Therapy Helps Relieve Shoulder Pain?
Massage therapy can also act as a pain reliever for shoulder pain, but it can not cure the conditions described above. The muscle tension, stress, and joint pressure can help relax, and nerve compression can minimize, which in turn decreases the spasms and contractions that cause shoulder pain. Massage therapy may help as long as surgery has not been prescribed to treat your shoulder pain:
- Alleviate trigger-point pain
- Increase range of motion by loosening the muscles
- Improved range of motion by stretching the affected joints
- Improves circulation by promoting healing through special massage techniques