Rotator Cuff Massage Therapy
No joint in your body offers as much range of motion as your
rotator cuff. The muscles and tendons that keep your arm bone in
your shoulder socket and connect your upper arm with your shoulder
blade are responsible for a lot of work.
If you feel pain or weakness while trying to store a flight bag
in the overhead compartment, lift something off a high shelf, or
throw a ball overhead, you might be experiencing the effects of a
rotator cuff injury.
Any injured muscle will swell, but your rotator cuff muscles are
surrounded by the bones of your shoulder socket. What happens? The
interior pressure increases and blood flowing to the muscle
diminishes, which means the tissue can start to fray.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons notes that aging can
cause your rotator cuff tendons to weaken. This makes them more
likely to tear or fray, so people over 65 need to be especially
aware of potential injuries.
How Massage Helps
Keeping your shoulder muscles flexible can help reduce pain and
stiffness in your rotator cuff. The professional therapists
at Massage Envy can help you increase your
range of motion and improve your flexibility.
Elongating your muscles, which is accomplished by gentle
stretching, can help stimulate blood flow to any affected area.
This not only improves range of motion, but also keeps your muscles
looser -- making them less prone to strain, and making rotator cuff
injury less of a risk.