Chronic shoulder pain is a very common complaint. The shoulder is the most freely movable joint in our body. Because of its full and wide ranges of movement, it is easily injured as the ball of the upper arm (Humerus) barely fits into the shoulder socket (Glenoid Fossa) designed to hold it. Thus the shoulder is very dependent on healthy soft tissue support for stability.
For stability, the shoulder is anchored by ligaments, tendons and muscles. It also has a soft fibrous cuff called the glenoid labrum. Some shoulder problems arise from a tear or injury of these soft tissues as a result of overuse or weakness of the shoulder. Other problems are degenerative. The tissues break down and no longer function well. Common causes of shoulder pain include:
- Shoulder tendonitis - brought on when the tendons that control the shoulder joint’s movement become inflamed. This is the result of overuse, misuse or injury of the shoulder muscles, and is quite common
- Rotator cuff tear - a tear that occurs in a shoulder tendon as a result of overuse or injury
- Frozen Shoulder - may begin as tendonitis, a rotator cuff tear or another chronic pain process in the shoulder. It literally means a shoulder that cannot move
- Arthritis - shoulder joint pain caused by degeneration or inflammation
- Glenoid Labrum Tear - a tear in the labrum will cause a generalized aching in the shoulder area, as well as a feeling of shoulder instability
When addressing chronic shoulder pain relief, the Feldenkrais Method considers:
- The shoulder's only true communication with the core of the skeleton is through the clavicle at the sternoclavicular joint, or s-c joint
- The shoulder blade is a freely gliding structure
- The shoulder has to relate well to the rest of the body to prevent excessive strain. For example, the shoulder blade may no longer glide easily along the rib cage, thus straining the shoulder each time the arm moves
The Feldenkrais Method approach to your shoulder pain assumes that pain relief is the result of optimizing the function of the shoulder. The system is addressed as a whole and therapy involves the whole body, including Feldenkrais exercises. Our approach to treatment will quickly and effectively relieve your pain and prevent your injury from returning. You can expect relief from the very first session.