The shoulder is the joint that unites the chest, neck and the upper arm region. The pain in the shoulder leads to discomfort that makes it difficult to move the arm and the neck. This pain may radiate to the chest especially if the pain is acute.
This pain can result from excessive straining of the ligaments, muscles and the bones due to physical exercises or accidental injuries. Mild shoulder pains disappear after a short time without treatment. However, acute and chronic pain around the shoulder region requires further investigations and prevention of complications.
Causes of Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain is caused by different medical conditions, strains and accidental injuries. Here are some causes;
Overstretching of the shoulders lead to straining, that account for the common cause of the shoulder pains. This can result from lifting of heavy loads either when carrying out manual work or weight lifting when exercising. This overstresses the shoulders whereby the muscles are pulled and the ligaments over stretched. The pain results from the small tears that occur in these tissues that may take time to heal. This pain can be mild or moderate that can heal with some treatment and it can be acute hence requiring a more intensive treatment.
Broken ligaments normally located in the shoulder blades lead to separation that causes acute shoulder pain. This occurs from injuries caused by an accidental fall, being hit by a blunt object or carrying heavy loads on the shoulders. It is important to note that though this pain may disappear few days after the injury upon a period of complete rest, it is advisable to go through treatment therapy especially if the daily work of the individual entails lifting of heavy loads. Separated shoulder ligaments causes pain that can be disturbing.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a common cause of shoulder pain especially among the elderly individuals. Rheumatoid Arthritis is manifested by inflammation of the joints in different parts of the body leading to untold pain and other complications. The shoulders are not spared either with pain being exacerbated during the cold seasons as theRheumatoid Arthritis becomes worse with the cold climate. The shoulder pain resulting from arthritis condition makes it impossible for one to move the arm, the neck and lifting even simple loads.
Irritation of tendons is caused by continuous rubbing or inflamed shoulder joints. This leads to severe pains that may radiate to the neck and the chest. The rubbing resulting from the rotation which is facilitated by the rotator cuff located in the shoulder joint causes irritation. Inflammation and irritation of the shoulder joint can also emanate from the injury of the cuff muscle of the rotator leading to tear.
Treatment of Shoulder Pain using Traditional Natural Therapy
Gua Sha Therapy
Gua Sha is one of the oldest Chinese therapies that entail scrapping of the area of the skin with smooth edged equipment. When suffering from shoulder pain, a professional can conduct Gua Sha therapy on the skin around the shoulder bringing about balance and harmony in the injured and aching shoulder joints. This is effective especially in case of dislocated shoulder joints, strained muscles, separated ligaments and irritated tendons of the shoulder. Gua Sha therapy may cause some bruises on the skin for the discharge of toxins within the body that heals with time and they are not painful.
Moxibustion therapy is done using a moxi stick focused on the various targeted acupuncture point areas (without the needles) for shoulder pain therapy. Moxibustion therapy is successful for healing of the shoulder pain especially the one caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis. The heat filled moxi sticks warms up the joint while facilitating efficient blood flow around the shoulder joint and muscles leading to wellness hence getting rid of shoulder pain.
It is well documented in Traditional Chinese Medical Journal that the use of mugwort through moxibustion practice provides a therapeutic effect for hundreds of ailments and conditions. Moxibustion treatment has a history of more than 3,000 years and is widely used in traditional Japanese, Korean and Chinese therapy.
By integrating moxibustion with the use of essential oils with healing properties, the therapy has been effective in ailments such as insomnia treatment, menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhea, lower back pain and waist conditions, arthritis, vertebral related problems for shoulder, hand, neck, liver and kidney conditions.