Shoulder Pain: Assessment & Treatment The Synergy Way
January 23rd, 2017 by Synergy
Understanding Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain can be debilitating, preventing an individual from performing the simplest of tasks such as eating, dressing, working, etc (1). In fact, you may not realize how important your shoulders are, until your mobility and usage is limited due to injury. At Synergy, we understand how painful shoulder injuries can be, and that is why we work with our patients to restore mobility and eliminate the pain associated with shoulder ailments.
How Common Is Shoulder Pain?
Around 20% of the population suffers from shoulder pain, with rotator cuff injuries being the most common shoulder ailment reported. As such, shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal ailment reported to primary care practitioners (2). It is no coincidence then, that Synergy treats a high volume of patients complaining of rotator cuff pain.
What Is The Rotator Cuff?
Your rotator cuff, which is located in your shoulder, is made up of four muscle tendons, which help your shoulder move, and also provide stability (3). These muscle tendons are what hold your shoulder in the socket (4). Pain or injury of these muscle tendons can occur from frequent use, or from aging. In fact, rotator cuff injuries are considered normal, age-related degenerative disorders (4). That is not to say however, that repetitive overuse cannot cause injury. Repetitive motions can add to the already degenerative disorder, or could be the primary cause. For instance, throwing a baseball, swinging a golf club or tennis racket, lifting, etc. are all repetitive activities that can result in overuse of the shoulder, thus injuring the rotator cuff muscle.
How Can Synergy Help?
Our first step when treating shoulder pain is to accurately diagnose the root cause of the shoulder pain. Once we can eliminate tears, or other complicating factors as a culprit of the pain or injury, we can move to stabilize the shoulder through our proprietary Synergy Release Technique. Once the shoulder is stabilized, we can then employ additional therapies to complete treatment, and rehabilitate the injury. These additional therapies include Frequency Specific Micro-Current, Synergy Release Massage Therapy, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Frequency Specific Micro-Current:
Frequency Specific Micro-current (FSM) is a frequency based, non-invasive modality that heals tissues in the body at an increased rate. The way FSM works is that it increases ATP production by 500%. What this means is, FSM therapy is increasing the energy production in the cells. When your cells are healthy, your tissues begin to heal at an accelerated rate. Simply put, the faster your cells can regenerate, the faster the tissues can heal.
Our bodies are made up of all different types of tissues: bone, ligament, tendon, muscle, etc. FSM is not limited to only healing the tearing and breaking of tissues, but organ functionality as well. The possibilities are endless. FSM can help to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with shoulder pain, and rotator cuff injuries.
Synergy Release Massage Therapy:
Synergy Release Massage Therapy is a unique, soft tissue modality that differs from typical massage therapy. The reason being, Synergy Release Massage Therapy focuses on correctly assessing the pain or complaint, in order to rule out underlying biomechanical issues. By conducting orthopedic tests and taking specific measurements, our therapists are able to identify the root cause of pain. Once this cause is identified, proper treatment techniques can be applied, thus allowing the therapist to properly address the injury, instead of simply treating the symptom.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy:
Inflammation is a common response to many different injuries and illnesses that our bodies experience. This inflammation is our body’s way of preventing infection and allowing the body to heal the injury or illness. Unfortunately, inflammation restricts blood flow and oxygen flow, which can slow the healing process. This is where Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can help.
HBOT is a natural, non-invasive medical treatment that enhances the body’s healing process by introducing increased oxygen levels into the body. On average, we inhale around 20 percent oxygen from the air we breathe. This oxygen is diffused into our bloodstream, and carried throughout the body in our red blood cells. Inflammation from trauma can prevent the red blood cells from reaching the injury site, delaying healing.
When we utilize HBOT, filtered ambient oxygen is breathed in a mildly pressurized chamber. This pressurization allows the oxygen to dissolve into the plasma, which is then carried throughout the body, and to the injury site. Oxygen administered in this manner can increase the rate of healing for many different injuries and illnesses.