Unlocking Relief: How Physiotherapy Can Alleviate Shoulder Impingement

physiotherapy for shoulder impingement

If you’re dealing with the challenges of shoulder impingement, fear not! There’s a beacon of hope in the form of physiotherapy. Physiotherapy can be a powerful tool in managing shoulder impingement. Shoulder impingement is a common condition that affects countless people worldwide. It occurs when the rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder become irritated or inflamed. This is due to the space between the acromion (a bony structure at the top of the shoulder blade) and the rotatory cuff narrowing, leading to compression and irritation. This can cause severe pain, limited range of motion, and discomfort. It focuses on a comprehensive approach that aims to address the underlying causes, relieve pain, restore function, and prevent recurrence. Here are some ways in which a physiotherapist can support: 

Physiotherapists help with accurate assessment, diagnosis and pain management

A skilled physiotherapist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your shoulder, taking into account your medical history, range of motion, strength, and functional limitations. This assessment helps to pinpoint the exact causes of your shoulder impingement and build a targeted treatment plan. Using this treatment plan, your therapist can support with various techniques to alleviate pain. 

Hands-on Treatment for Pain Relief

A big part of your sessions at Axis Therapy is the hands-on component of your physiotherapy appointments. Soft tissue release, acupuncture, joint mobilizations, cupping therapy and stretches help to immediately change the pain sensations, and kickstart the healing process.

Exercise Rehabilitation with Your Physiotherapist

Exercise plays a vital role in the management of shoulder impingement. Physiotherapists will prescribe a tailored exercise program aimed at improving shoulder strength, stability, and flexibility. This program may include range of motion exercises, strengthening exercises for the rotator cuff and surrounding muscles, and functional activities to restore normal movement patterns. These exercises will also support your posture and body mechanics: both of which are crucial in preventing and treating shoulder impingement. This knowledge will support you during daily activities, work, and sports, reducing stress on your shoulder joint and improving overall shoulder function.

Long-Term prevention and Education

Physiotherapy also emphasizes educating patients about their condition, providing valuable insights into how they can modify their lifestyle and activities to minimize stress on the shoulder. Whether it’s adjusting ergonomics at the workplace, modifying exercise techniques, or incorporating rest and recovery strategies, these lifestyle modifications can profoundly impact your shoulder health. The goal of physiotherapy is to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to help prevent future episodes of shoulder impingement. By addressing underlying issues, improving strength and flexibility, and implementing proper movement patterns, physiotherapy sets the stage for long-term shoulder health and injury prevention.

    Book with one of our amazing physiotherapists today to get started on your journey to a pain-free life! 

    Axis Therapy & Performance – Physiotherapy, Chiropractor, RMT Scarborough
    1585 Markham Rd, Unit 308
    Scarborough, ON M1B 2W1

    Axis Therapy & Performance – Physiotherapy, Chiropractor, RMT, Naturopath Riverdale
    377 Broadview Ave, Unit 101
    Toronto, ON M4K 2M7