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Shoulder Pain at Motion Health Centre

Is the range of motion in your arm compromised because of niggling shoulder pain?

Shoulder painDiscover the safe, all-Natural; long lasting solution we call “The Shoulder Pain Recovery Program”.

From scratching our backs to throwing a ball; we use our shoulders and surrounding joints for many activities. It’s no wonder shoulder pain can be so irritating. The good news is; for complex shoulder pain, there’s often a simple chiropractic solution!

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can hit you for six, especially if you’re usually active, or play sports that require full range of motion of the arms. Motion Health Centre and our expert Sports Chiropractors and Trigenics Practitioners, have the experience and ability to offer quality treatment on this region of the body; in the Sydney CBD. Our practitioners look at your body as a whole system. We holistically take in to account other possibilities that could be causing your shoulder issues. Knowledgeable Sports and Trigenics® Chiropractors at Motion Health Centre provide a complete approach to effective and long lasting shoulder pain relief, that focuses on the real causes of your pain, not just the symptoms.

Common Shoulder Conditions:

  • Subacromial Burstitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Biceps Tendonosis
  • Swimmers shoulder
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Labrum Tear/SLAP Lesion
  • Acromioclavicular joint sprain
  • Shoulder instability and Laxity
  • Scapular Winging/Dyskinesia
  • Rolled Shoulders
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Shoulder impingement


Short term injuries or aches from wear and tear on muscles and joints can both play a part in shoulder pain. Most conditions stem from fractures, dislocation, sprains, tendon inflammation, instability and osteoarthritis. However, often most shoulder issues just creep up over time due to overuse, poor posture, imbalanced muscle patterns and altered nervous system function.

Signs Your Shoulder is Unhealthy and Not Functioning at Its Best:

  • Poor shoulder mobility
  • Noticing decreased sports performance
  • Feeling that one shoulder is weaker than other.
  • Inability to carry items
  • Shoulder pain that occurs at night
  • Shoulder pain that persists longer than a few days


At Motion Health Centre, patients with chronic shoulder pain commonly present with the following symptoms:

  • Pain or difficulty when lifting the arm overhead
  • Weakness
  • Swelling or bruising around the joint
  • Throbbing pain
  • Nerve pain with tingling or numbness down arm

Shoulder pain can be a debilitating experience, impacting life significantly, as it affects your ability to move your arms as you normally would. If you are suffering from shoulder pain, book a thorough examination with one of our experts of the spine and neuro-musculoskeletal system. Our Sports Chiropractors and Trigenics Practitioners at Motion Health Centre will get you active again.

Motion Health Centre’s Shoulder Pain Recovery Program

At Motion Health Centre, we take a “holistic” approach to the assessment and management of your shoulder issues. Not only do we aim to free you from pain, we also help you enjoy health and motion to your fullest potential, with long term results.

Benefits of our Program

  • Be free from pain, aches, tingling and numbness
  • Return to a good night’s sleep
  • Move your shoulders and arms with great ease
  • Improve concentration at your workstation and computer
  • Learn 4 critical lessons you need to know about spinal hygiene
  • Get a head start back to optimal posture

The Shoulder Pain Recovery Program includes:

  • Provide a comprehensive exam of your spine, muscle and nervous system function. Refer for other imaging if necessary
  • Review your pillow and sleeping positions
  • Review your workstation and sitting position
  • Devise a plan of action with clear goals for fast relief, correction and prevention
  • Deliver safe and effective natural Sports Chiropractic Care
  • Myo-neuro muscle balance correction using Trigenics®
  • Provide effective neck and spinal corrective exercises and devices
  • Advice for Natural anti-inflammatory and wellbeing solutions
  • Take an evidenced informed approach
  • Always deliver a friendly, caring and convenient service

Functional Muscle Shoulder Impingement

Also popularly referred to as “shoulder muscle impingement syndrome” is characterized by the acute or chronic injury to the rotator muscles of the shoulder joint. These muscle fibers are most frequently damaged due to hyperactivity or abuse of shoulder joint. Most cases present to clinical setting with complaints of severe pain and functional disability of the joint in addition to localized swelling, worsening of pain at the night time, restriction of muscle movement and limited range of joint motion.

Subacromial Bursitis

Inflammation of subacromial bursa is a frequently reported cause of shoulder joint. Due to 3-dimensional motion across the shoulder joint, the risk of wear and tear related damage to delicate tendons and muscles is very high. Most frequently reported causes include:

  • Overhead lifting of arms that may lead to excessive stretching of primary muscle fibers
  • Application of too much pressure over affected muscles (such as inadequate sleeping posture, weight lifting or strenuous physical activity
  • Repetitive or rotational activities of arm also increases the risk of subacromial bursitis

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator cuff muscles (collectively include Subscapularis, Teres Minor, Supraspinatus and Infraspinatus) serves as the primary functional support of the shoulder joint. Functional rotator cuff muscles are also required to deliver firm strength to the head and neck muscles in order to ensure ease of rotation in different directions. Any injury to these muscles may present as pain, discomfort and stiffness due to tendinitis, tearing of muscle fibers, bursitis or a combination of these. Causes of Rotator Cuff Injuries include abuse, overuse or disuse of muscles, chronic stress, history of direct trauma, direct injury to shoulder joint and longstanding inflammation.

Biceps Tendonosis

Biceps Tendinosis is a non-inflammatory musculoskeletal condition that is marked by rupture or complete degeneration of biceps tendon at the level of elbow joint. Classic presentation of biceps tendinosis involves; moderate to severe pain at the level of shoulder joint and/or elbow joint that may radiate to arm and forearm, inability to perform activities that involve abduction of flexion at the level of elbow joint (such as cooking, opening a door etc.), muscle weakness, loss of grip and joint stiffness. Some individuals may experience only a dull ache due to repetitive strain on the connective tissue components.

Swimmers Shoulder

Swimmer’s shoulder is a sub-acute or chronic inflammatory condition of shoulder joint that presents with muscle pain or ache in swimmers. The pathophysiological mechanism of pain and discomfort is believed to be the mechanical impingement of the delicate connective tissue elements of shoulder joint due to strong repetitive motion of upper limbs in competitive swimmers.

Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder joint is also referred to as a ball and socket joint due to 3-dimensional movement of the arm, as a result of the unique arrangement and alignment of scapula, humerus and clavicle. Shoulder joint is supported by a number of ligaments, muscles and connective tissue components to provide the strength and stability during joint motion. However, sudden and severe impact of force at the level of shoulder may lead to the displacement of one or more bones of the shoulder joint, leading to shoulder dislocation.

Labrum Tear/SLAP Lesion

Moderate to severe damage or injury to the ring of cartilage present around the labrum of the joint cavity is referred to as Labrum tear or SLAP lesion. SLAP is the abbreviation of Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior – a term that denotes the position of the labrum injury. In most cases, biceps tendon is also involved in the injury process (as it inserts on the anterior and superior aspect of labrum surface).

Acromioclavicular Joint Sprain

The pathophysiology of an injury to the Acromioclavicular ligaments or joint involves either of the four mechanisms:

  • Tearing of trapezoid and conoid ligaments
  • Tearing of acromioclavicular ligaments
  • Upward movement of lateral clavicle
  • Avulsion of trapezoid-conoid ligaments

In about 65% of the cases, the injury process is the result of active involvement in competitive sports (such as football, volley ball, ice hockey etc.).’

Shoulder Instability & Laxity

Shoulder instability and laxity refers to a multitude of musculoskeletal ailments that significantly restricts the activity or motion at the shoulder joint. It includes varying degrees of dislocation, laxity and subluxation of the shoulder joint that is often associated with nerve damage of the glenohumeral area.

Shoulder Instability & Laxity is often a result of ligamentous tear (especially ligaments that support shoulder joint), stress and strain of shoulder joint (due to strenuous activity or abuse of muscles) and significant damage to the shoulder cartilage.

Scapular Winging/Dyskinesia

Scapular winging (also referred to as scapula alata or winged scapula) refers to abnormal protrusion or prominence of the scapula at the back.This condition is rare and global prevalence is only 2-3 cases per 100,000 individuals; yet in certain high risk groups (such as cricketers) the prevalence is as high as 39% (1). In poorly managed cases, movement and activity of upper limb is significantly compromised due to nerve damage and muscle impingement.

Rolled Shoulders

Hunching or rolling over of shoulders is a common postural dysfunction that is frequently reported in individuals with faulty occupational and lifestyle choices. In most cases, shoulders are rolled over in the forward direction. Primary causative agents that may lead to rolled shoulders are;

  • Inadequate posture while watching television, working on computeor other related activities
  • Excessive training or exercises that are targeted on major group of shoulder muscles (such as body building, weight lifting etc.)
  • Strong tightening or holding up of shoulder muscles in a hunched position (very common in adolescent girls)
  • Chronic emotional stress

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you want to be free from Shoulder Pain don’t hesitate to call us to book a “Your Motion Matters” Initial Case Review today, for a pain free tomorrow.

Shoulder Pain Sydney CBD, North Sydney, Bondi NSW | (02) 9934 9979