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Shoulders are the third most common area of the body that people report having problems. Shoulder pain can start gradually, other times you might experience a quick onset of pain, it can become so bad it interrupts sleep and makes life hard. Sometimes pain in your shoulder can be resolved relatively quickly, however the longer it is ignored the longer it takes to recover.

What is Shoulder Pain?

What is Shoulder Pain?

The shoulder is a complex of four joints rather than just one; it provides mobility and strength for the upper limb and also needs to provide safe passage of blood vessels and nerves to the hands. Many vital tissues are packed into a small space. If one of these joints is not functioning properly, it can cause pain in the others, and pain can also move further down the arm, creating some confusion. If shoulder pain does not heal on its own, it can quickly become limiting. Many people do not realise they are becoming limited and live within the boundaries their bodies have created. Then when they are required to move outside of these limits, they discover how painful the shoulder can be. Functional tasks such as reaching into cupboards or brushing hair can be very painful.

The shoulder comprises four joints, and they are all different types:

  • The ball and socket join the humerus to the scapular (shoulder blade), this is what everyone classically thinks of as the shoulder.
  • The sliding acromioclavicular joint joins the collarbone to the shoulder blade. It is very familiar to many rugby players, motorcyclists and skiers as it is prone to impact injuries.
  • The sternoclavicular saddle joint joins the other end of the collarbone to the sternum; yes, that’s a joint, and yes, it moves. Just put your finger on it and move your arm; this is what holds your arm onto the rest of your skeleton.
  • The scapulothoracic joint is a pseudo joint between the shoulder blade and the rib cage. It glides and moves way more than most people realise.
Who Suffers from Shoulder Pain?

Who Suffers from Shoulder Pain?

Although you may expect physical workers such as builders to be more affected, that’s not quite the case. Hairdressers and retired people will often make up the greater proportion of people we treat here at the clinic with shoulder pain. People likely live with the pain for quite a while or even have a recurrence before seeking help. A separate condition, which can often be confused with shoulder pain, is “frozen shoulder”; this is marked by extreme pain in the early stages and is easily mistaken for other shoulder problems at this point, but one of the defining characteristics is constant pain. This is a separate issue which we can help with.

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Treatments & Relief

Home Treatments for Shoulder Pain

Two really easy things to help your shoulders are posture and breathing. Bearing in mind how vital breathing is to survival, many of us are pretty poor at it. It is very difficult to maintain poor posture if you fully inflate your lungs, so the two are intertwined. Modern life puts everything in a box in front of us, so we let our heads flex forward, and our shoulders slouch. This puts an excessive curve in our upper spine, which makes it difficult for the shoulder blades to glide over the ribcage. This compromises one of the joints, so the others become affected. It may be the proximity to the brain, but long-term shoulder pain can be really hard to recover from and often needs education and exercise to overcome this. A thorough history allows us to work out the best program for you as often the actual pain is just the tip of the iceberg, and some hard work is needed to rehab and future-proof the shoulders.


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