Shoulder pain and stiffness can occur at any age but is most common between 45 and 55. Sometimes shoulders get injured and sometimes inflammatory joint diseases will produce swelling and pain, if you have just dislocated your shoulder or you get diagnosed with a disease like rheumatoid arthritis the doctor is the person you need to see. If your shoulders start giving you trouble when you are not injured or sick the chances are you need to see us. Quite often a change in your exercise routine can fix the problem, sometimes you need more than that, acupuncture, osteopathy, massage and chiropractic are all effective in treating shoulder pain.
Identifying the cause of your shoulder problem gives important clues to the practitioner, sometimes a simple change in posture can make a big difference. If you have not been treating yourself well for a long time (including a total failure to exercise) your shoulder problem will usually take longer to fix, to make it more comfortable is one thing, to free the movement up and become stronger usually takes more time.
Sometimes you might feel a strong and sharp pain in your shoulder and fear you need surgery when the problem is a muscular one, tight shoulder muscles can severely restrict movement and cause pain. This happened recently to a middle aged female patient, straight away I could see that J’s slouching posture was part of her shoulder problem and she was very right hand dominant. Through a mixture of appropriate treatment, becoming more posture conscious and starting appropriate exercise J quickly started to improve. After 6 treatments J’s shoulder symptoms were about 50% improved. Now she is on monthly treatments and her arm is better than it has been for some time. Your shoulder problem might be harder to fix than J’s was but hesitating to commence treatment will usually ensure you will eventually need more intrusive intervention later on.
Martin Morrissey – Healthwise Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist
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