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Shoulder Pain Injury and Bursitis

Posted by Tabitha Fennell on 25 October 2016
Shoulder Pain Injury and Bursitis

Shoulders!! Wow, don't you know it if they are injured, it messes with your whole lifestyle. So fortunately we have acupuncture which can relax those muscles and soothe inflammation.

Shoulders are interesting to treat as there are so many layers and groups of muscles which help stabilize them. During a treatment we do a lot of pressure pointing to find out what specific muscle groups and areas are being affected, targeting them for the best results and relief.

The shoulders are made up of many muscles, so a lot of the time the pain can be felt in the deltoids, but the muscle that is tight and injured could be under your arm pit, or behind your scapular. It could even be your pectoral muscle or a few of these. So finding out which muscles and where the tightness is coming from is so important. Once the muscles have been released the shoulder can heal. Shoulders can also have bursitis which causes lots of pain and reduced movement. Acupuncture is perfect for this kind of complaint as it resolves inflammation and reduces the extra fluid within the bursa. Once this happens the natural healing capacity of the body then takes over.

As we use our shoulders continually throughout the day it is important to know what movements hurt the shoulder and try to avoid this until it gets better. Easier said then done I know, especially if you use your arms a lot at work. 

Things you can do...

Keeping the effected muscles warm can really help the healing, so any sort of heating balm being applied throughout the day and especially before bed will keep the blood and oxygen move into those muscles helping the tears and inflammation. Your heat wheat pack will also be your best friend. An epsom salt bath draws magnesium into the muscles and helps remove toxins throughout the skin which is very relaxing and soothing.

Taking magnesium via powder or tablet helps the muscles relax. If there is bruising then apply arnica cream and this will help bring out the bruise and help heal the trauma within the muscle. Soft stretching after the shoulder feels stabilized is good but you must take this very slow and don't push it. Shoulders take time to heal so patience is a must.


As soon as you hurt your shoulder seek treatment, don't wait to see if it will get better by itself and if you have a chronic shoulder problem then regular treatment will be the best way to stay on top of the healing.

Best Tabitha

Author: Tabitha Fennell
About: Acupuncturist and Director of Studio Qi
Tags: acupuncture healing injury exercise aches inflammation health

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