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How Massage Can Assist Rotator Cuff Injuries

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How Massage Can Assist Rotator Cuff Injuries


Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that are attached to your upper arm which in turn keep the shoulder joint stable. Rotator cuff injuries occur from playing sports, work related situations, or from having a fall. There are three basic types of rotator cuff injuries:


  • Rotator cuff tears are possibly the most serious, and they involve an actual tear in the tendon.
  • Overuse tendonitis does not involve any actual tearing of the tendon, but rather inflammation and swelling.
  • Impingement syndrome occurs when the breastbone, clavicle, presses down on the bursa pad that protects the top of the arm joint. When this happens, the bursa pad then presses on the tendon, which is now pinched and inflamed.


Rotator cuff injuries will obviously cause pain depending upon their severity, but these injuries can make your range of movement difficult for example; reaching your arm behind your back, as well as lifting your arm up above your head. Weakness in the affected arm is also a common symptom.


The Causes of Rotator Cuff Injuries


Injuries to the rotator cuff can result from a number of factors; however all of them will result in pain and difficulty in using the arm in normal function.


  • Acute injuries happen suddenly – involvement in a motor vehicle accident, a fall, or even lifting a roller door can all result in an acute injury to the rotator cuff.
  • People who are engaged in repetitive activities can also damage their rotator cuff for example physically challenging activities like sports, or labor type work can cause chronic injury as well as office work due to poor posture.
  • All of us are going to eventually be facing the aging process, and this, too, can contribute to rotator cuff injuries as tendons lose their flexibility and muscles become weaker.


Anyone can become subject to rotator cuff injuries, but treatment is available to help relieve the symptoms, and hopefully return the arm to full function.


Rotator Cuff Injury Treatments


The first step when you are experiencing pain in your upper arm is to see your doctor or physiotherapist so that he or she will be able to diagnose correctly. If a rotator cuff injury is the diagnosis, a program of treatment will be provided for you, and in many cases, that program will include remedial massage. There will be a number of steps involved to help alleviate pain and accelerate healing:


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