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Massage Therapy’s Role in Treating Shoulder Bursitis

massage therapy for shoulder bursitis

If you are experiencing shoulder pain, chances are you have bursitis. Bursitis is a condition that occurs when the bursae, which are small sacs of fluid near joints, become inflamed. It is most commonly caused by repetitive movements or trauma to the area. Fortunately, massage therapy can be an effective treatment for shoulder bursitis. Let’s take a look at how massage therapy can help with shoulder bursitis and what techniques are used.

The Benefits Of Massage Therapy For Shoulder Bursitis

Massage therapy has been found to be an effective treatment for both acute and chronic cases of shoulder bursitis. In addition to providing relief from pain, massage can also reduce inflammation, increase the range of motion, and improve overall function in the affected area. Massage also helps to reduce stress and anxiety that may be causing or exacerbating the condition.

Techniques Used in Treating Shoulder Bursitis With Massage Therapy

The primary technique used to treat shoulder bursitis with massage therapy is gentle Swedish strokes (effleurage). These strokes offer a soothing effect on the muscles and soft tissues while increasing circulation to the area and helping to reduce inflammation. Other techniques such as kneading (petrissage) and cross-fiber friction can also help to break up scar tissue and promote healing in the affected area. Trigger point therapy can also be used to target specific areas that are causing pain or discomfort.

In addition to these more traditional massage techniques, other modalities such as therapeutic stretching, myofascial release, cupping, heat/cold therapy, and hydrotherapy/aquatic therapy may also be used depending on your individual needs and preferences as well as those of your therapist. No matter what type of technique(s) you choose, it is important that your therapist takes time to assess your condition before beginning treatment so they can tailor their approach accordingly. This will ensure that you get the most benefit from your sessions while avoiding any unnecessary risk of injury or further aggravation of the condition.

Massage therapy has been found to be an effective treatment for shoulder bursitis in both acute and chronic cases alike. Through a variety of techniques such as gentle Swedish strokes (effleurage), kneading (petrissage), cross-fiber friction, trigger point therapy, therapeutic stretching, myofascial release, cupping, heat/cold therapy and hydrotherapy/aquatic therapy; massage therapists can provide relief from pain while reducing inflammation and improving overall function in the affected area. If you are suffering from shoulder bursitis consider talking with a qualified massage therapist about how they may be able to help manage your symptoms so you can get back on track.

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 one of the other registered massage therapists at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Natalie Yeo

Natalie Yeo

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, Trigger point therapy, 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.