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What massage is best for shoulder pain?

by | Jun 2, 2023 | Massage Q&A

Shoulder pain can have various causes, such as muscle tension, overuse, or injuries.

Here are some massage techniques that can be effective for relieving shoulder pain:

Swedish Massage: Swedish massage techniques, including effleurage (long, gliding strokes) and petrissage (kneading), can help relax the muscles around the shoulder joint, improve circulation, and reduce tension.

Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It can help relieve chronic muscle tension and knots in the shoulder area. The therapist uses slow, firm pressure and specific techniques to target the underlying muscles.

Trigger Point Therapy: Trigger points are tight knots within the muscles that can refer pain to other areas, including the shoulders. Trigger point therapy involves applying pressure to these points to release tension and alleviate pain.

Myofascial Release: Myofascial release aims to release tension in the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds and supports the muscles. Gentle, sustained pressure is applied to the affected areas to improve flexibility and reduce shoulder pain.

Sports Massage: Sports massage techniques can be beneficial for shoulder pain caused by sports-related injuries or overuse. The therapist may incorporate stretching, deep tissue techniques, and specific exercises to address the underlying issues and promote healing.

Orthopaedic Massage: Orthopaedic massage focuses on assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions. It involves techniques targeted at the affected area, such as the shoulders, to address specific issues contributing to the pain, such as muscle imbalances or postural problems.

Acupressure: Acupressure involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote healing. There are acupressure points in the shoulder area that can help alleviate pain and tension.

It’s important to consult with a qualified massage therapist who can assess your specific condition and tailor the massage technique accordingly. They can provide personalised recommendations and adjust the intensity and pressure based on your needs and comfort level. Additionally, it’s crucial to communicate any pain or discomfort during the massage session to ensure a safe and effective treatment.

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