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Osteopathic guide to shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is commonly treated by Osteopaths. It can be caused by a number of factors, but once an osteopath identifies the source of the pain, they can evaluate which range of treatments will most suitable. Shoulder pain can become restrictive and debilitating if left untreated, so If any of the below symptoms seem familiar to you, you may want to consult an osteopath.Farah has over 10 years experience and sees patients across Solihull, Knowle, Coventry, Nuneaton, Kenilworth, Warwick, Dorridge and Balsall Common.

Have you experienced?

  • Restricted circular movement in your shoulder joint?
  • Discomfort or pain when reaching for items that are behind you?
  • A tight pinch in your shoulder when moving your arm up or outwards?
  • Pain in one arm when lying in bed?

If you recognise any of these common shoulder problems, it could be due to several issues.

Common conditions that cause shoulder pain

  • Pain can be prevalent in the rotator cuff through repetitive actions during a sporting activity or through age. Pain typically occurs when lifting the arm or lying on it.
  • Frozen shoulder (also known as adhesive capsulitis) is a condition that transpires when the tissue around the shoulder joint stiffens. Often the pain ultimately reduces the ability of the patient to use the arm for everyday actions.
  • Joint impingement or acromioclavicular joint pain manifests as a sharp pain or pinch where the shoulder meets the collarbone.
  • Osteoarthritis is the wearing a way of cartilage that causes the bone joints to grind against each other, causing discomfort.

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How can osteopathy in Solihull, Nuneaton, Knowle, Coventry, Kenilworth, Warwick, Dorridge and Balsall Common help shoulder pain

Osteopathy can have a notable effect on the wellbeing of patients with shoulder pain. The shoulder is a complex joint, so a thorough examination will locate the source of the pain before treatment begins. Treatment will depend on factors such as age, fitness and diagnosis but will likely include:

  • Gentle massaging to any area contributing to the shoulder pain
  • Joint articulation and stretching techniques to improve motion and reduce tension
  • Specific exercises to strengthen or loosen the shoulder and advice on lifestyle

Vickie’s testimonial giving an example of how Farah helped her through her very difficult journey of frozen shoulder:

I started seeing Farah at early stages of Frozen Shoulder when I was extreme agony. Within two sessions her technique had remediated a significant level of nerve and muscular pain which was a massive relief and enabled her to work on my movement more. She is a brilliant Osteopath, but made outstanding by her patient care. She authentically cares about your progress and offers bucket loads of advice and heaps of encouragement. You feel like you have a friend walking the journey with you. Highly recommend for her expertise and simply being a really lovely caring person.
Vickie Poultney