Are You Letting Your Shoulder Niggle Become A Nightmare?

It amazes me how long most patient’s report that they have been putting up with their shoulder pain while at the same time resting, avoiding usual activities, becoming less confident in their capacity and increasingly fearful about what arm use and movement might mean for them. I commonly hear from concerned patients that – “I’m afraid of doing further damage.” Yet most painful and weak shoulders, are just that. De-conditioned, neglected, weak…but still expected to perform at a high level, overhead, in the gym and at work. Increasingly, I find a growing gap between the activity demands being placed upon … Continue reading

Spring Into Summer Safely – Get Your Shoulder Health Check Today

Disorders of the shoulder are extremely common. Some research suggests up to 50% of the population experience at least one shoulder pain episode annually. What’s more concerning is the fact that shoulder dysfunction is often persistent and recurrent, with 54% of sufferers reporting ongoing symptoms after 3 years (Lewis, 2009) From my experience the peak season for shoulder injuries is NOW, spring soon becomes summer and we’re all out there literally busting our guts to get fit, to look sexy or at least somewhat desirable and to feel good about ourselves once more after the short winter hiatus. The sad … Continue reading

Miners Seek Shoulder Injury Treatment in the Big Smoke

Shoulder injuries amongst Queensland miners seems to be on the increase or at least it seems that way with an increase in work related shoulder injury referrals to Shoulder Guy Physiotherapy from miners across the state and even as far as PNG. Whether it be working with or near underground mining equipment, stepping off a long haul dump truck or securing a drilling rig in readiness to frack a coal seam; working in the mining industry can be and often is dangerous and (significant shoulder) injuries do happen. Thankfully, the majority of shoulder injuries we have seen directly related to … Continue reading

It’s Not All About Your Shoulder

Shoulder dysfunction spares neither young nor old, and the problem shoulder presents in a multitude of circumstances ranging from the result of a rugby tackle to an arthritic or frozen shoulder. While research guided manual therapy techniques and specific exercises are invaluable resources for the physiotherapist, nothing offers more guidance for a treatment approach than an understanding of functional movement, in my opinion. For example, a golf swing is not purely a movement of the shoulder. The swing is created and starts from the transmission of ground reaction forces through the lower limb, pelvis and trunk, through the scapula and … Continue reading

Potential Contributors to Gym Based Shoulder Pain

Gym related shoulder pain during benching or overhead pressing is common amongst lifters of all ages and experience levels. In this episode: 00:15 – How to avoid Shoulder pain when doing strength training 01:15 – Why most strength programs don’t provide whole body balance 02:55 – Why some people struggle with strength training programs 03:24 – Discover Luke’s Iceberg Theory of Shoulder Pain 04:07 – How the lower kinetic chain influences shoulder function 05:25 – Learn how dominant muscle patterns influence shoulder stability 06:16 – How your lifting technique can impact your shoulder joint 07:00 – How your dominant training … Continue reading