By Emma MacDonald, posted 24th May 2021
The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles in the shoulder: The Infraspinatus, Supraspinatus, Subscapularis and Teres Minor. These muscles all act to keep the upper end of the arm (the humerus) stable in the shoulder blade (scapula) and aid in movements such as rotation, lifting and moving the arm away from the body.
In other words, these shoulder muscles allow you to perform daily tasks such as dressing or carrying shopping bags. The rotator cuff and tendons can be prone to injuries, particularly in those that play repetitive sports such as tennis or cricket.
Inflammation of the tendon (tendinopathy) and shoulder pain can also occur from the repeated, overactivity of the muscle and tendon, such as, in overhead movements for a sustained period of time.
People especially affected, are those with physically repetitive jobs – carpenters, builders and tree surgeons to name but a few.
The good news is that sports massage techniques can be used to treat and prevent rotator cuff issues. The use of manual therapy to the tissues can enhance blood flow, break up fibrotic tissue and reduce inflammation.
Soft tissue release techniques help by stretching and elongating the affected muscles and tendons, releasing tension and resulting in greater range of motion.
Need help here? book with Emma for focused treatment in alleviating your symptoms and advice on how to strengthen your shoulder to manage your environment better.