Treatment of supraspinatus tendonitis.
Deep tissue massage, placement of suction cups on the shoulder, acupressure and electroacupuncture in 8 acupuncture points in the affected arm.
This treatment is calculated for only one side, since it usually hurts only one side.
If you feel pain when you lift your arm in abduction between 90 and 120 degrees it is likely that you have affected some tendon, most likely the tendon of the supraspinatus muscle, posterior muscle of the scapula.
The supraspinatus syndrome or supraspinatus tendonitis (colloquially shoulder pain) is the inflammation that is caused in this tendon by the pinch friction between the head of the humerus and the acromial arch.
The supraspinatus muscle tendon passes along the upper shoulder and is inserted into the arm bone (humerus bone).
The function of this muscle is to raise the arm to the side of the trunk.
Above this tendon is a bursa (fluid bag whose function is to lubricate the movement of the tendon). This bursa can also become inflamed (bursitis)
Symptoms of an inflamed supraspinatus:
Pain and weakness when the arm is raised to one side through a 60 degree arc with external rotation.
What can a massage therapist do?
Apply heat, either with hot volcanic stones or hot bags.
Stretching, deep tissue massage, acupressure, eletroacupuncture.
If it is also bursitis, cups can be applied to the affected shoulder.