Neck and Shoulder Pain

Massage in Ely, the Remedy for Frozen Shoulder Pain

How Massage Can Relieve the Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

If you live in Cambs, Norfolk or Suffolk and live near enough to come for massage in Ely or massage in Littleport, which is near to Ely, Cambs, then help is at hand for your frozen shoulder symptoms.

Frozen shoulder can appear almost as it would seem, out of the blue. It seems to trouble diabetics a little more often and ladies from their forties onwards. Often a trauma to the shoulder can be the instigating factor but it may just be that you have overused the shoulder, it has caused you pain and then you have begun to protect it. The first thing you will notice is discomfort putting on your clothes. For ladies, difficulty doing up your bra, for both genders, putting on jackets and suchlike. It is important not to let the joint become immobile and leaning forward, resting your good hand on the arm of a chair then gently swinging the stiff arm will help to keep the shoulder joint free.

Often there will be nothing to be done but to let the problem just take its course however, massage can be very helpful in keeping your shoulder more comfortable and helping mobility. I am making the assumption that your doctor has diagnosed frozen shoulder and your condition is being monitored. There are many soft tissue release techniques which can be applied to help release the surrounding muscles and maintain a reasonably pain free degree of mobility.

With the help of Remedial Massage you don’t just need to put up with the pain and discomfort of frozen shoulder. Contact me by email to arrange an appointment, you will find a contact page detailed above in the headings.

Neck and Shoulder Pain, remedial treatment

Are you suffering neck and shoulder pain? Did your GP tell you there is nothing underlying wrong?

Perhaps you are suffering from muscular spasm or tension and could be helped with Soft Tissue Release. Often spending your days working on a computer or driving long miles can create havoc in your neck and shoulders. The constant tension in the muscles which lift  the arms and support the head can lead to muscle pain headaches, even symptoms in you hands and fingers which can cause you to worry that there is something more troublesome going on. You have been to you GP and he is happy that there is nothing to worry about, but you are still in a lot of discomfort.

Remedial massage treatment may help when you have tried other routes and got no respite. Problems build up in muscles when we do the same  things with them day in day out. You wouldn’t expect your car to run without taking care of it, your body needs looking after too. I can advise on what may be causing the problems and what to do about that in order that you don’t keep on suffering the same problems. I can work on the muscles which are causing the pain- it isn’t always right where you feel the pain. Often I see clients who are putting pain relief gel where the pain is, when in fact the pain is being referred from a muscle problem nearby.

It doesn’t matter how long you have been suffering your pain, we can do some work with it.

Laptop neck and shoulder pain

Laptop neck and shoulder pain

Today I am hoisted by my own petard. I have been using my laptop whilst sitting on the couch and I have neck and shoulder pain. They hurt a lot. I have pain in my CD joint at the base of my neck and it runs down between my shoulder blades and across the top of my traps, together with a big headache.

So what have I done about it? I have moved to a table, but the chair height is wrong so I am still uncomfortable, I will address my workstation, its in a cold place and I don’t like working there. Most importantly, I got a colleague to give me a massage and booked myself up for next week too (and the week after that).

I know this stuff!  I advise people every working day, but I am human and I am busy.  Life has taken over and things have fallen off the bottom.  I have negelcted exercise, I have neglected stretching, I have  negelcted massage and I am very sore. We get sore because we don’t care for ourselves, getting a massage is caring for myself, it is as essential to keeping me going as getting the right nutrition.

Life is about keeping the balance and getting a massage is a key part of keeping that balance, it’s not a treat, its a necessity.

Massage treatment for shoulder pain in Ely Cambs

Shoulder Pain

During this season of viral infections, I have noticed an increase in the number of patients attending my massage practice in Ely, Cambs with radiating pain in the shoulder. This is often located behind the scapula and into the shoulder where it is felt as a constant, deep ache. The pain will often extend down the back of the arm to the elbow, occasionally even affecting the little finger. It is associated with the coughing attacks triggered by a virus and originates in the serratus posterior superior a muscle deep to the shoulder blade, involved in the mechanism of breathing. Lifting something with the arms stretched out to the front can cause an increase in the pain.

If you have the symptoms of shoulder pain described, massage can give you enormous relief, you may very well have a trigger point exacerbated by the repetitive act of coughing and deep soft tissue release can dissipate this trigger point.  See your massage therapist as soon as possible and you can find me at the Complementary Health Centre in Ely Cambs.

Stretches for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Stretches for Neck and shoulder Pain

We are all working hard right now to get our desks clear in time for the holiday season. Stress levels are rising and this leads to neck and shoulder pain and tension.

Long hours at your desk or craning towards your laptop in the evenings can really exacerbate neck and shoulder pain. Don’t underestimate how much lifestyle can affect your body.  The key factor in muscle pain is often just the sheer number of hours you spend doing the same old things with no respite.I am always amazed at how much people expect their bodies to do without exercise, or worse, if they are actually taking time to exercise, without stretching out.

If your neck and shoulders are hurting then take a break. Go and get a coffee, Do a few simple stretches. Your neck and shoulders do a big job supporting your head and sitting hunched forward over your desk closes up your chest and puts strain on the muscles which keep your shoulder joints moving freely. Some gentle stretches will prevent these muscles from getting locked into position – remember to do the stretching gently, the idea is to make the muscles more comfortable not to pull them in the process.

Here are a few simple stretches you can try, always proceed gently and don’t overstretch.

The Levator Scapula is always a nuisance, it runs from the base of your skull to the corner of your shoulder blade. Always try to keep your head in a neutral position, as though it were floating from a balloon. If you feel a burning point of pain between your shoulder blade and spine about mid-way down your shoulder blade try gently dropping your head forward and then stretching it to an angle of approximately 45 degrees first in one direction, holding for a slow minute and then in the other direction. Remember to drop down the shoulder which you are stretching away from. If you move your head slightly more towards your shoulder it will then stretch the Trapezius along the side of your neck too.

To stretch across your upper back , stretch one arm out straight in front of you and with the other arm placed just above its elbow, pull the straight arm gently towards your body until you can feel the stretch behind your shoulder blade. Repeat with the opposite arm. It is essential  that you stretch your chest muscles to relieve the pressure on your back, you can do this whilst you wait for the coffee machine! Just stand in a door frame with your hands placed at chest level on the frame, then just lean your body forwards through the doorway until you feel the stretch on your chest and hold until its your turn at the coffee machine.

I would always advocate regular massage for neck and shoulder pain. It does lots to ease the tension in the upper body. It can sometimes take a little while to reap the benefits, many patients come to me in desperation after conventional medicine has failed to ease their symptoms. Often though, just one treatment will make a significant difference.