Bursitis Treatment

Shoulder Bursistis

What is bursitis?

Subacromial (shoulder) bursitis is a condition caused by inflammation of the bursa that separates the superior surface of the supraspinatus tendon (one of the four tendons of the rotator cuff) from the overlying coraco-acromial ligament, acromion, coracoid (the acromial arch) and from the deep surface of the deltoid muscle. The subacromial bursa helps the motion of the supraspinatus tendon of the rotator cuff in activities such as overhead work.

Musculoskeletal complaints are one of the most common reasons for primary care office visits, and rotator cuff disorders are the most common source of shoulder pain.

Primary inflammation of the subacromial bursa is relatively rare and may arise from autoimmune inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis; crystal deposition disorders such as gout calcific loose bodies, and infection.

More commonly, subacromial bursitis arises as a result of complex factors, thought to cause shoulder impingement symptoms. They are further divided into primary or secondary causes of impingement. Secondary causes are thought to be part of another process such as shoulder instability or nerve injury

How does bursitis affect you?

Which motion is most limited and painful in cases of acute bursitis of the shoulder?

 Passive abduction. In cases of acute bursitis (swelling of the bursa), passively abducting the arm – performed by the therapist – is very painful because the head of the humerus is compressing a swollen bursa against the glenohumeral joint and the underside of the acromion.

The bursa is generally the size of a small plum, but when inflamed it can be as big as an orange. When acute bursitis is present in the shoulder, it is impossible to lift the arm out to the side (abduction) without extreme pain.

Massage for bursitis treatment?

Is massage therapy a useful treatment in cases of bursitis of the shoulder?

 No. Inflammation of a bursa is not helped by direct massage. Directly massaging an inflamed bursa will cause more pain. 

Massage for rotator cuff impingement

However, in the case of impingement of the rotator cuff muscles, massage can help with the reduction of tension of these muscles which can result in less pressure on the bursa

Bursitis Symptoms

Symptoms of Bursitis include…

  • Pain on the outside of your shoulder.
  • Pain may spread down your arm towards the elbow or wrist.
  • Pain made worse when lying on your affected shoulder.
  • Pain made worse when using your arm above your head.
  • Painful arc of movement – shoulder pain felt between 60 – 90° of arm moving up and outwards. 

Treatment for bursitis

Treatment will depend on the cause of the bursitis and aims to alleviate the symptoms as much as possible while the healing process takes place. 

Options may include pain-relieving medications, cold packs, gentle mobilising exercises and rest. Anti-inflammatory medications or injections of corticosteroids may be used in cases of severe pain.

If infection is present, warmth, redness, pain and swelling will be experienced in the affected areas. Treatment with an appropriate antibiotic is necessary. If the bursitis was triggered by a particular form of overuse, it is important to avoid that activity. Such as a sport.

New Year… New You!!

Most of us look at a new year as an opportunity to ‘start fresh’ and ‘make changes’.  1st January rolls around and the motivation is high!!  For some of us, 1st February see’s us right back to where we were the November before!   Meh, there is always next year!

So how do you keep the motivation and keep ticking things off your ‘Things I will do in the New Year’ list?  We have put together a list of tips that we think should be able to help you.

1. Be Specific

Be specific in what you want to reach or the goal you want to reach.  If you would like to drop a few kilos, write down an achievable goal.  Don’t make it unrealistic.  It’s better to reach and celebrate small wins than it is to be disappointed when you didn’t reach your goal because there was no way you were going to drop 20 kilo’s in 2 months. 

Maybe you would like to catch up with friends more often.  Decide how often and book the dates ahead of time.  Let’s say you would like to catch up once every three months.  Get it in the diary now.  Send the message, make the call and pencil the time in.

By being specific, you have something to action and it’s much easier to achieve.

2. Reward Yourself

Reward yourself not only for the good times but also for the ‘Damn you gave it a good shot’ times.  We are only human and try as we might, there are times when we will fail.  You can look at it as a fail or you can look at it as a lesson learnt.  Either way, you know you gave it a shot, you learnt from it and you will put it all into practise next time around.  Reward yourself for that!

3. Move a little. Move a lot

Move a little.  Move a lot.  Move when and where you can.  Try to incorporate a little exercise into your daily routine.  Maybe park the car a little further away from the shops.  Maybe walk to the end of the street and back again when you head out to check the letterbox.  Maybe set a regular walking date with a friend that you know is busy but you would both love to catch up more often.  Put on some music when you are doing the housework and get your boogie on!!

Read more!!

Read more!!  A little secret we want to share with you that has totally changed our lives….Audio Books!!  Life is busy and often by the time we sit down at night we barely have the energy to keep our eyes open let alone hold a book.  We listen to audio books in the car, while waiting to pick the kids up, while out on our walks.  There is nothing better than to have a good story to take you away to a magical land if even for a short time each day!!

Water, water, water!

Drink it cold, warm, with lemon, with cucumber.  Drink it anyway you want but drink the damn water!!  Water does amazing things to your body and will make you feel amazing and when you feel amazing you will feel motivated!!

Declutter the clutter

Declutter the clutter!  This not only includes material things around the house but also your inbox. A cluttered inbox can be just as stressing as a cluttered pantry!

If all this fails and you are looking to ‘bring on’ the motivation – Get a massage!!  Revitalise yourself, boost your energy and make time for you!!  Why not even add to your ‘to do list’ for 2019 a monthly massage.  And guess what….you know who to call to make the booking – 1300 55 87 55

How can MASSAGE Help You Towards your Summer Body?

The benefits of massageMost of us go into the ‘I’m going to get healthy for Summer’ or ‘I plan to drop some Kilo’s before Summer’ frame of mind in the months leading up to December.

We start by heading out for walks each day and then back it up by cutting out the sweet foods ….mmmm chocolate….but did you know that along with exercise and food, there is another tool that you can use to help you get that summer body? Massage!!

Massage is not only relaxing…

Massage is often thought of as a way to relax and wind down but we are here to tell you it is much much more!!

Massage can help you with pain relief.  If a sore back is stopping you exercising, massage has been found to alleviate some pain, making it easier for you to hit the pavement.

Massage provides pain relief

Massage can also help with muscle soreness, should you overdo it with the exercise.  Don’t let one good workout put you off another, just because your muscles are sore the next day.  That just means you are working them!

Massage can improve range of movement

If you haven’t been active in a while, massage can help improve the range of motion that your body may have.  Regular massage can also help loosen muscles in preparation for exercise.  Making it easier for you to push yourself a little more than usual.   Which means the results will shine through.

Massage helps you sleep

In addition, massage can help with sleep patterns.  If you are planning on upping the amount of exercise you do, nothing can help your body recover more than a good night sleep.

Above all, you can treat massage as a treat for reaching goals, sticking to your plan and rewarding yourself for a job well done!!

Book your massage now

If you would like to find out more, please give us a call or head over to our Facebook page.  Our therapists are always happy to talk you through the benefits of massage.  Here’s to a great summer!!