The shoulder joint is one of the more complex joints in the body. This blog post explains what exactly goes on in the shoulder joint, the structures inside, problems that can occur and exercises to prevent injury.
Foam rollers are great for reducing muscle tension but did you know they are also widely used for postural correction? For all those people suffering from any degree of an excessive upper back curvature can now breath a sigh of relief for an upper back treatment outside of the clinic!
A rotator cuff tear is a rupture of the muscle fibres located at the shoulder joint that are responsible for shoulder rotation, abduction and also general shoulder instability. The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint which has the largest variety of range of all joints which leaves it predisposed to all types of injuries. The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles that originate on the shoulder blade and attach at the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) which is known as the greater and lesser tubercles. These muscles are: Supraspinatus Infraspinatus Teres Minor Subscapularis Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear: Deep and sharp type of pain that can refer around the whole shoulder joint, towards the neck or down the arm towards the elbow. Shoulder weakness Excessive shoulder pain on movement Clicking noise on movement Causes FOOSH injury (Falling on out-stretched hands) Tearing while under load such as shoulder exercises at the joint Repetitive movements Immediate management After a rotator cuff tear you will experience a specific pain able to be pin-pointed at your shoulder joint and surrounding structures will begin to tighten up and will be extremely tender on palpation. There will be a varying degree of inflammation so it’s important to control this and let the shoulder heal with RICER (rest, ice, compress, elevate, referral to practitioner). Treatment Plan After the injury has settled down, physiotherapy will be required to assess the severity of the strain to determine if medical imaging (MRI) will be needed and to work out a treatment plan. From here you will be referred to a myotherapist for soft tissue release massage, dry needling and joint mobilisations. There is always [...]
Taping a clients back is a common tool used at the clinic for postural correction to hold the body in the perfect anatomical position and to create awareness of slouching during day to day living. A huge majority of our cases we see of lower and upper back pain is essentially self inflicted through bad habits of poor posture and can easily be improved to prevent any future and long-term injuries.
This blog talks about the sacroiliac joint located at the lowest part of the lower back and the dysfunctions of the joint that cause pain. Includes home care exercises to stretch the joint and the surround muscle tissue, while also strengthening exercises to help improve joint stability.
This blog will look at upper cross syndrome that is a dysfunction causing muscle tension in the neck and shoulder region, which commonly affects people with poor posture, working at a desk and immobility. The human body really wasn’t designed to sit at a desk for 40-50 hours per week so it’s no wonder something’s got to give which usually is felt in the upper back, neck area. Upper cross syndrome is a really common condition and seems to be the 21st century posture with rolled forward shoulders and a forward-head posture appearance. This syndrome is caused from a muscle imbalance from over active muscles at the front of the neck/ chest region combined with weakened muscles at the posterior aspect of the neck and upper back region. Desk sitters traditionally will be affected due to their workplace setup but they are not the only ones more predisposed. Anyone who has poor postural habits and slumps forward through their workplace or through habits of daily life from bending forward will at some stage develop muscle imbalances causing pain through their upper back. To treat upper cross syndrome it’s a combination of loosening the overactive muscle tissue causing tension and strengthening the muscles that are being weakened. Massage, cupping, dry needling can all be used to loosen the muscles reducing the pull from the front of the neck and to reduce the tension at the back of the neck/ upper back region. Home care exercises and exercise prescription at the gym can also be issued to improve the strength of weakened rhomboid muscles. A big part of longevity to reducing tension and pain from desk sitting is posture. When you’re sitting at your desk, your ankle, [...]
Strained a muscle before and wondered how exactly the body heals itself and the internal process involved? This blog looks at the four healing process involved from the moment of injury till the moment your back into action!
Are you looking to participate in one of Melbourne's upcoming fun runs and have no idea where to start or are you simply looking to get back that fitness you once had!? This blog is an in-depth guide to running a 10km fun run in 12 weeks explaining all factors you will need to consider with dietary advice, motivational factors and a general training program. Happy running!