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shoulder pain

Shoulder massage

Are you looking for shoulder massage? You have come to the right remedial massage therapist! Billy Gilhooley is a shoulder specialist in Preston that specialises in shoulder massage for shoulder pain relief. If you are looking for shoulder massage near me then look no further. Billy has the skills and expertise to make you throw away your neck and shoulder massager. Doesn't matter if it is pain behind the shoulder blade or pain on the shoulder - Billy has got you covered. 

What is shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is usually felt in the front of the shoulder, or at the top of the arm. Often, the pain is only felt when you move your arm in a certain way.

The pain may be deep and sharp, or there may be numbness, tingling or pins and needles. It may radiate down into the arm or up into the head, or there may be pain between the shoulder blades. Sometimes the pain may be caused by problems in the neck or spine, rather than the shoulder.

Shoulder problems can be serious or minor. They can also be acute (meaning with a sudden onset) or chronic (meaning they develop over and last for a long period of time).

The causes of shoulder pain include:

  • general wear and tear with increasing age

  • poor posture

  • an injury to the shoulder (tears or strains, dislocation or fracture)

  • arthritis

  • a frozen shoulder (when the tissues harden around the joint)

  • overuse (for example, during certain sports or other activities that involve continual or repetitive use of the shoulder)

  • inflammation in the fluid sacs in the joints, called bursitis

  • weakness or overuse of the muscles around the shoulder, called the rotator cuff

  • inflammation of the tendons, called tendonitis

  • problems with the muscles, ligaments and tendons around the shoulder

  • pain from a problem in the neck or spine

  • nerve pain

  • pain after surgery

what is shoulder pain
Remedial Massage therapist assessing shoulder pain and discomfort in relaxed female client
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How is shoulder pain treated?

The treatment recommended for shoulder pain will depend on the cause.

In the first few days after an injury, putting a cold pack on the sore area (for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 times a day) can help to reduce inflammation. After that, a hot pack can be used to help relax the shoulder muscles.

Pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications may also help control the pain.

But for persistent or intense pain, or if you’re injured, you should see a doctor or physiotherapist, who may suggest:

  • Resting your shoulder for some time (usually only a couple of days)

  • Taping your shoulder for support, or resting your arm

  • Remedial Massage

  • Exercises

  • Laser or ultrasound therapy

Steroid injections or surgery may be recommended for some injuries.

If the pain lasts for longer, you may get stronger pain relief medication from a specialist. This might include medication to relax the muscles or treat nerve pain. Sometimes, injections to block the pain may be recommended.

If the condition is severe, you may be advised to have nerve stimulation to the spinal cord. Sometimes surgery is needed to correct structural problems, such as an arthroscopy, stablisation surgery or a joint replacement.

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