Rotator Cuff Injuries - Townsville Massage

What are the Rotator Cuff muscles?

The Rotator Cuff is a group of  four muscles along their tendons working together to give the Glenohumeral (shoulder) joint stability.  Each Rotator Cuff muscle moves the arm (from the shoulder joint) in a specific direction, and work together to stabilise the shoulder joint.

The Rotator Cuff muscle group include:

* Supraspinatus
* Infraspinatus
* Teres Minor
* Subscapularis

Causes of Rotator Cuff Injury:

A strain or tear in the Rotator Cuff may be the result of an injury such as a fall, or it can happen gradually from constant overuse.

Due to the function of these muscles, sports which involve a lot of shoulder rotation including involving repetitive overhead movement such as swimming, tennis, contact sports or continual high reaching.  These sorts of activities put the Rotator Cuff muscles under a lot of stress.

Minor injuries that are not given a chance to heal can cause severe inflammation and degenerative changes in the tissues, so early treatment is important.

Whether injury develops gradually from overuse or suddenly from a traumatic injury, it is often because the Rotator Cuff is not strong enough for the given task

Poor posture and slouching also places unnecessary stress on shoulder joint.

Tears of the muscles and or tendons  tends to happen as a result of a sudden, powerful movement. It can include falling over onto an outstretched hand at speed, making a sudden thrust with the paddle in kayaking, or following a powerful throw.  Test cricketers are high risk candidates for Rotator Cuff injuries.

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Injury:

The main symptoms of Rotator Cuff injuries are shoulder pain and weakness, and appear to worsen when lifting the arm above shoulder level.

Symptoms may occur suddenly if the Rotator Cuff is injured by a traumatic injury – like an accident or fall -or a blow during contact sport.. Though majority of Rotator Cuff injuries occur gradually and symptoms appear gradually, the  massage therapist should not mistake the symptoms for that of a Frozen Shoulder.

Massage Therapy:

Deep tissue massage is often used in the treatment of soft tissue injuries of the Rotator Cuff. Massage therapy relieves pain and increases range of motion while it improves blood  circulation and speeds healing. Massage therapy also reduces stress.

If there is swelling of the joint, massage should be lightly applied.

If you’re experiencing pain in the shoulder and haven’t tried massage therapy make a call today.  Arrange an appointment and experience the many benefits that massage has to offer.