Massage and Shoulder Dysfunctions


Massage Therapy

To Ease All Kinds of Shoulder Pains

Our shoulders are composed of several joints, tendons, and muscles that allow us to move our arms in a wide range of motions, from reaching for your mobile phone to swinging a bat. They are made up of three bones: the humerus (upper arm bone), clavicle (collarbone), and scapula (shoulder blade). 

However, the different movements we make with our shoulders can lead to several problems with the soft tissues or bony structures in and around your shoulders, which can then lead to pain. 


Common Causes of shoulder pain

Most of the problems you will experience in your shoulders can fall into any one of these four categories: 

  1. Fracture or broken bone

    Fractures in older people are often a result of falling. In younger people, it can be from a high-energy injury, like a contact sports injury or motor vehicle accident. Most shoulder fractures involve the shoulder blade, upper arm bone, and collarbone. 

  2. Instability

    This happens when the upper arm bone head is pushed out of the shoulder socket, which could be a result of overuse or injury. This can either be partial or complete dislocation, which can cause pain and discomfort when you move your arms forward or upward. 

  3. Arthritis

    Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects the shoulders. This is characterized by pain, stiffness, and swelling, which usually starts during middle age. It can develop slowly and get worse over time. 

  4. Tendinitis 

    Tendinitis is commonly caused by inflammation in the affected tendon. The most commonly affected areas are the biceps tendons and the four rotator cuff tendons. This condition may be acute or chronic. 

  5. Tendon tears

    An injury or degenerative changes in the tendons due to aging and natural wear and tear can cause tearing or splitting of tendons, which may be a partial or full separation of the tendons from the bone. 

  6. Frozen shoulder

    This condition affects the joints in your shoulders. It often involves stiffness and pain in the affected area, which could gradually develop and become worse when left untreated. This is a result of the shoulder capsule, a tissue around your shoulder joint, which joins everything together, becoming so thick and tight, making it harder for you to move your affected shoulder. When that happens, bands of scar tissue begin to form, diminishing the amount of synovial fluid that lubricates the joint. 

  7. Shoulder impingement

    This is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain that is a result of the bursa or tendon impingement or repetitive compression of the rotatorcuff tendons. This can also be caused by a shoulder injury. 

    Other causes of should pain include: 

  8. Nerve damage

  9. Bad posture


Poor posture and shoulder pain

Poor posture can contribute to different pains in your body, especially in your shoulders. 

Our posture can affect the following: 

  1. Position of the arm when raised

  2. Position of the shoulder blade

  3. How well all the muscles work together

  4. Efficiency of the shoulder muscles

    When you are seated with a slouched posture, try to raise your arm as high as you can. This can cause you to feel tightness and pinching as you move your arm up. This is how poor posture can have an impact on your shoulder muscles. 


Massage therapy and shoulder pain 

Shoulder pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems you will experience in your lifetime. 

Fortunately, massage therapy can help relieve symptoms, reducing the pain and preventing further strain and inflammation on the tendons and muscles.

Massage can help you with the following: 

  1. Promote proper circulation and speed up recovery

  2. Decrease pain in trigger points

  3. Improve proper body functioning through muscle and trigger point work

  4. Loosen shortened musculature to increase range of motion

  5. Break apart scarred muscle tissues around your shoulder

  6. Stretch the joint to restore the range of movements

  7. Correct muscle dysfunctions