The shoulder is an inherently unstable joint that relies largely on good coordination, strength and stability of both the back muscles and the muscle surrounding the shoulder blade. Discomfort is often felt when the arm is raised and can range from the occasional discomfort to debilitating pain. This can greatly affect the ability to work and participate in recreational activities.
There are a number of reasons why your shoulder can hurt, however, one of the most common causes of shoulder pain is due to an impingement of a rotator cuff muscle. An exact understanding of the nature of pain is always vital, however, more often than not, the cause of this pain is closely linked to incorrect biomechanics of the shoulder and back muscles. Poor sitting and standing postures play a key role in how the shoulder operates.
Rehabilitation of the shoulder joint requires a thorough understanding of the cause of pain. Massage can be applied to the affected area to improve joint mobility and reduce muscle tension. Training the shoulder to stabilise and move correctly is a large part of treatment.