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Shoulder Pain

There are many injuries and conditions of the shoulder that are readily treated with Osteopathy:

  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive capsulitis) - Typically runs an 18 month course, although soft tissue manipulation and articulation can aid in maintianing and regaining mobility. Many other dysfunctions of the shoulder can result in adhesive capsulitis.
  • Rotator-cuff Tears - Provided the tear is not complete, soft tissue manipulation, strengthening and proprioceptive exercises can improve function in the joint
  • Biceps Tendonitis - Inflammation of the long head of the biceps as it runs through the bicipital groove of the humerus
  • Bursitis - Small synovial fluid sacs becoming inflamed through overuse or trauma
  • Muscle Strains - Deltoid, biceps and the rotator cuff are the most commonly strained

Acromioclavicular and Sternoclavicular Joint Dysfunction

The clavicle (collar bone) articulates with the sternum at one end and the acromion process of the scapula at the other end. Dysfunction in one of these joints often causes dysfunction at the other end. The acromioclavicular joint is especially vulnerable as the joint is only supported directly by ligaments and can be easily strained by lifting heavy objects or by repetitive strain, for example caused by racquet or throwing sports. The sternoclavicular joint dysfunction can be caused during car accidents, where the clavicle is restrained by the seat-belt against the inertia of the body. Both joints can also be made dysfunctional by poor posture, as the upper back curves forward and the shoulders rotate inwards.

Acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular joint dysfunction can be improved by articulation and mobilisation of the joints and correcting any postural imbalances in the thoracic spine. Stretching the pectoral muscles also helps open up the chest and allows the shoulders to be seated in a more natural position.

Hitchin Osteopathic Clinic, Old Park Dental Surgery, 72 Old Park Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 2JT 01462 432609