The rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder are some of the most talked about muscles of the body, and for good reason. The majority of shoulder pain cases treated by acupuncturists and physiotherapists are related to conditions of the rotator cuff muscles. The high percentage of rotator cuff related injuries is not at all surprising due to the fact that the shoulder is a highly mobile joint that relies on the rotator cuff for its stability.
The rotator cuff consists of four muscles that originate on the scapula (shoulder blade) and insert onto the humerus (upper arm bone). From their insertion point the tendons then form a cuff around the head (top portion) of the humerus, providing the primary source of stability for the shoulder joint.
The four rotator cuff muscles:
3. Teres Minor
Repetitive shoulder movements such as painting, serving a tennis ball, and lifting heavy objects overhead can lead to a repetitive strain injury (RSI) of the rotator cuff. Shoulder pain, weakness, and loss of mobility are common complaints reported with a rotator cuff injury.
Patients seeking rotator cuff treatment will often complain of a dull ache that radiates from the shoulder into the upper arm or elbow, usually accompanied by a painful inability to lift the arm overhead or reach it behind the back - like when doing up a bra strap.
The three most common rotator cuff injuries that we see at Poke Acupuncture in Newcastle are:
1. Rotator cuff tendinitis
2. Rotator cuff impingement
3. Rotator cuff tear
My favourite form of rotator cuff homecare is simply, easy and cheap.
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