Shoulder, elbow and wrist

The joints of the your upper extremity – your shoulder, elbow and wrist all work together in a complex range of movements which allow your hand to achieve intricate positions. Disruption in any of these joints, either through injury, repetitive strain, tension or inflammation results in compensation of the whole upper extremity and often into the neck, upper back and ribs.


Shoulder Injuries / Rotator Cuff injury / Impingement / Bursitis
Any shoulder injury can lead to compensatory mechanisms occurring due to your body”s natural ”guarding” of the area as the muscles adapt to protect the painful area. In layman”s terms – when your shoulder is injured your natural reaction is to minimise the movement of your shoulder either by use of a sling or just by you holding it still. This adapted way you use your shoulder leaves some muscles very tight and some weakened resulting in overall muscle imbalance, and your shoulder may never feel ”quite right” again even once the original injury has healed or the symptoms have eased. Osteopathic deep tissue and articulation techniques can help keep your shoulder mobile and restore function (as close to normal as possible).

Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis
Any shoulder injury can lead to compensatory mechanisms occurring due to your body”s natural guarding of the area as twristsmallhe muscles adapt to protect the painful area. In layman”s terms – when your shoulder is injured your natural reaction is to minimise the movement of your shoulder, either by a sling or by holding it still. This adapted way you use your shoulder leaves some muscles very tight and some weakened, resulting in overall muscle imbalance. Your shoulder might never feel right again, even once the initial injury is healed or the symptoms have eased. Osteopathic deep tissue and articulation techniques can help keep your shoulder mobile and restore function (as close to normal as possible).

Golfers Elbow or Tennis Elbow
These names are misleading because people who have never seen a golf club or tennis racquet also get these injuries. The more correct names for them are Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow – on the inside of your elbow) and Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow on the outside of your elbow).Both conditions are caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, leading to inflammation and pain around the elbow.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
This is pain and/or numbness into your hand and fingers usually due to compression of the Median Nerve at the wrist. There are a number of causes for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the most common being Pregnancy (due to the sheer volume of fluid your body carries), regardless of the cause, CTS often responds well to Osteopathic Treatment. It is definitely worth a try before going for surgery.

The shoulder, elbow and wrist can start to weaken and compensate within days of injury so treatment should be sought at the first sign of discomfort or injury.

For more information and an initial telephone consultation please contact me on 020 8530 8029/07808928066 or email me on Tammy@aspireosteopathy.co.uk