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Help Heal Rotator Cuff Injuries With Massage

Rotator Cuff Injury Treatment


You might think that only sports stars and athletes get rotator cuff injuries, but think again. In this article, we’ll look at what a rotator cuff injury is, why it occurs, and how you can use massage therapy to heal it.


What Is A Rotator Cuff Injury?

The rotator cuff consists of tendons and muscles that help keep your muscles in place. This is what allows you to lift your arms overhead.


A rotator cuff injury can occur because of two main reasons:

  • Injury

  • Degeneration


An acute injury to the rotator cuff can happen when you suddenly fall onto an outstretched hand. A degeneration-related injury can happen over time because of repetitive motions without sufficient rest and nutrition.


Many people don’t realize they have a rotator cuff tear until the tissues are severely damaged. As you age, the thickness, quality, and elasticity of your tendons also deteriorate, making injury more likely.


Do I Have A Rotator Cuff Injury?

Here are some common tell-tale signs that you might have rotator cuff injury:

  • You are unable to sleep peacefully at night because of pain and weakness in your shoulder

  • You are unable to lift objects and rotate your shoulders

  • You are unable to move your shoulders easily because they feel “frozen” or “locked up”.


Do I Need To Massage My Rotator Cuff?

Left untreated, injured rotator cuffs can lead to arthritis. Once bone spurs develop in the acromial space and impinge the supraspinatus, it can lead to serious damage which only surgery can fix. But it’s possible to prevent further damage if you act fast. Avoid moving your shoulder joints and consult a licensed massage therapist to begin rehabilitation.


How Massage Heals Your Rotator Cuff Injury

Done correctly, massage is one of the safest and most natural ways to reduce inflammation, reduce scar tissue build up, help realign damaged fibers, and reduce pain.

Professional massage techniques such as the effleurage, static pressure, and PNF stretching can be especially helpful to allow the body to recover from shearing-related damage to your rotator cuff.


When the tendon is still intact, massage to the belly of the muscle and tendon site can address the postural muscles and improve your range of movement. This can help free "locked" up shoulders.


Trigger point massage therapy is also useful to your rotator cuffs because of the localized tension-relieving methods used. It allows you to relax fibers that are in a constant state of tension and remove knots. This allows essential oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to the damaged joints through increased circulation. Consult a licensed massage therapist to begin your therapy today.


Contact Our Riverview, FL Massage Clinic Today


Massages by Anna Bass LMT. Certified for many different massages and treatments. Specializing in Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage.


To schedule an appointment with Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Advanced Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist and Health Coach, Anna Bass LMT, please call 412-328-4540 or Book a Massage Here.


Providing massage services to patients in Riverview, Tampa, Brandon, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Wimauma, Adamsville, Gibsonton, Sun City Center, Bloomingdale, Balm, Willow, FL and surrounding areas.

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