Shoulder Massage Therapy
"You've got a good head on your shoulders." "They gave me the
cold shoulder." "Lay your head on my shoulder." "Let's shoulder the
burden." "I'm carrying the weight of the world on my
We draw a lot of comparisons to shoulders, probably because
they're so useful and versatile. Lifting, throwing, pulling and
just about any other activity involving your hands and arms
requires shoulder mobility.
We've all seen characters in movies and TV shows rotating their
shoulders to indicate they feel overwhelmed, stressed or exhausted.
It's such a common occurrence that many people don't even realize
they're doing the same thing themselves when getting up from their
desk, or taking off their shirt at night. Shoulder pain is so
frequent that almost everyone thinks it's a necessary burden.
Pain and Stiffness
A torn rotator cuff or dislocated shoulder can make it difficult
to move your arm, but so can simply sitting in one position for too
long. No matter what causes the stiffness or soreness, shoulder
massage is an effective way of increasing your range of motion.
That's because it increases the supply of fresh blood to your
muscles, providing them with oxygen-rich nutrients.
Deep tissue massage, which works across the grain of your
muscles, or Swedish massage, which works with the grain, can
provide relief of tension, stiffness and pain.
Preventing Shoulder Problems
Elaine Calenda of Boulder, Colorado's College of Massage Therapy
identifies the leading causes of shoulder pain as weak muscles, bad
posture and occasional bouts of intense activity.
People often don't recognize their lack of mobility until a
weekend of unusual exertion leaves them with sore shoulders. While
shoulder massage techniques can provide relief after the fact,
continued massage therapy can mean avoiding similar problems after
the next weekend challenge.
"By increasing neck and shoulder range of motion," Calenda
explains, "massage helps prevent future strain."
Regular Shoulder Massage
There's no replacement for a professional massage therapist.
Even though rubbing your own neck or shoulder with the opposite
hand can provide temporary relief, an expert knows how to direct
pressure for the best results.
You might feel some lumps giving way under the pressure, which
indicates that the muscle and tissue adhesions causing your pain
are breaking up. Your Massage Envy therapist can recommend the
right amount of pressure, but your input is important in ensuring
that you receive the best possible shoulder massage.
Frozen Shoulder Massage
While adhesive capsulitis (more commonly known as frozen
shoulder) is a specific condition that takes as long as a year or
two to heal, it often benefits from the same shoulder massage
techniques that relieve other types of shoulder pain. These
- Swedish Massage --
actually increases the level of oxygen in your blood, leading to a
decrease in muscle toxins and improved circulation.
Point Therapy actively identifies the location and intensity of
sensation, providing natural management of chronic pain. Often, a
single treatment results in a noticeable reduction of pain while
ongoing treatment provides even more effective relief.