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How Massage Therapy Can Help with Shoulder Impingement

massage therapy for shoulder impingement

If you’re struggling with shoulder impingement, then you know how it can affect your everyday life. Pain, stiffness, and discomfort can limit mobility and cause a great deal of frustration. Fortunately, there is hope. Massage therapy is a powerful treatment option for those suffering from shoulder impingement that can help reduce inflammation and increase the range of motion. Let’s take a look at how massage can alleviate the symptoms of shoulder impingement.

What Is Shoulder Impingement?

Shoulder impingement, also known as rotator cuff tendinopathy or subacromial syndrome, is an injury involving the rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder joint. This type of injury occurs when the rotator cuff muscles become inflamed due to overuse or poor posture. As a result, the tendons become swollen and irritated and can rub against other parts of the shoulder joint causing pain and inflammation. It’s important to understand that shoulder impingement is not only caused by physical activity but also by poor posture habits such as slouching or hunching forward in front of a computer screen all day.

How Can Massage Therapy Help Shoulder Impingement?

Massage therapy has been found to be an effective treatment option for those suffering from shoulder impingement. By applying gentle pressure to the affected area and manipulating soft tissue, registered massage therapists are able to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, increase the range of motion, and relieve pain associated with this condition. In addition to providing relief from pain and discomfort, massage also helps patients maintain proper posture which can help prevent future flare-ups from occurring as well as long-term damage from developing over time.

What Else Can You Do for Shoulder Impingement?

In addition to regular massage sessions, there are other things you can do to reduce your risk for further injury or flare-ups including improving your posture throughout the day as well as engaging in specific strengthening exercises designed to target weak areas in your shoulders such as exercises focusing on scapular stabilization or internal rotation strength training. It’s important that you talk with your healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise routine so they can provide guidance on what exercises would be best suited for your individual needs based on their assessment of your current condition. Although shoulder impingement may seem like an intimidating injury at first glance it doesn’t have to be something that limits your ability to live life without pain or discomfort forever! Massage is one tool that can be used in combination with other treatments such as strengthening exercises for maximum benefit so don’t hesitate to speak with a healthcare provider today about incorporating it into your treatment plan! With proper care and maintenance, you’ll be back doing all the activities you enjoy most in no time.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Natalie Yeo, RMT, or another registered massage therapist in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

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Natalie Yeo, RMT

Natalie Yeo, RMT

Massage Therapist
Natalie is passionate about helping you reach your goals to get you back to living a pain free life. Natalie does this by combining hands on massage treatments with personalized home care exercises that suit your needs. Natalie is trained in general Swedish massage, Myofasical release and Joint mobilizations. Natalie can help you with a verity of different conditions including stress, pain management, overuse injuries, postural imbalances, neurological conditions, sports related injuries and so many more.

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