Shoulder impingement syndrome is a very commonly seen condition for shoulder pain. In these conditions, there is increased pressure of tendons or bursa in and around the subacromial arch. The main risk factor for the impingement syndrome is the overhead and repeated activity of the shoulder. For example painting, lifting, swimming, tennis, and other overhead sports. Other risk factors are bone and joint abnormalities.
Pain is continuous and hampers daily activities in impingement syndrome. Few activities like reaching up behind the back or reaching up overhead to put on a coat or blouse, for example, may cause pain.
Gradually, impingement syndrome can lead to inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons (tendinitis) and bursa (bursitis). If this is not treated properly, the rotator cuff tendons can start to thin and tear.
The main symptoms of impingement syndrome include difficulty in reaching up behind the back, pain with overhead use of the arm and weakness of shoulder muscles.
Physiotherapy has a very good effect on impingement syndrome, which uses gentle exercises to regain strength and range of motion.
Physical therapy sessions will focus on the muscles in your shoulder, arm, and chest, which can help to improve the function of your rotator cuff. If you’re an athlete or work in a field that requires rigorous use of your shoulder, the physical therapist can teach proper techniques to regain strength and reduce the chance of recurrence.
The physiotherapists may also give some exercises that can be done at home, which may help the individual recover faster, but, don’t overdo it.
Shoulder impingement is an overuse injury that results from repetitive overhead movements. With every shoulder movement, the shoulder tendons move through the subacromial space. If this space becomes smaller due to inflammation and developed adhesions the tendons can catch the acromion, a boney structure in the shoulder. If shoulder impingement continues without treatment, the patient can develop tendinitis, mostly supraspinatus and infraspinatus.
Massage helps in multiple ways to improve range of motion and relax overworked muscles. The following are a few benefits of massage for shoulder impingement:
A sports massage is very helpful for athletes to help them regain their shoulder range of motion. Shoulder impingement can be seen in athletes who swim, play tennis, or baseball as all these sports include frequent overhead repetitive motions. Sports massage is individualized to the athlete’s sport and injury.
For shoulder impingement, the massage is focused on gentle stretching techniques and correcting muscle dysfunction. The massage therapist may work on the shoulder joint and rotator cuff muscles while stretching the upper back and pectoral muscles.
Sports massage is effective when it is used with shoulder impingement stretches and exercises.
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