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Shoulder Impingement

Summary

In most areas of the body bone is surrounded by muscles and tendons, however, in the shoulder the muscles and tendons are surrounded by bone. The largest group of muscles in the shoulder region are the rotator cuff muscles, a group of muscles and tendons that are used to lift the arm overhead. The rotator cuff muscles are in between the upper arm bone (humorous) and the top of the shoulder (the acromion).  The unique placement of these muscles and tendons is what can contribute to a shoulder impingement. 

 

Cause

Shoulder impingement can be caused by repetitive movements, overhead lifting, sports such as CrossFit, swimming, baseball, football, and tennis. Poor posture can also be a factor in shoulder impingement. The impingement occurs when the rotator cuff tendons and ligaments under the acromion become pinched or compressed. 

 

Effects

When the rotator cuff muscles are injured, they can swell and because they are surrounded by bone, puts pressure on the area immediately. When the blood flow is reduced from the swelling (inflammation), the pain can feel somewhat achy. The pain is made worse by reaching overhead, throwing motions, and sleeping on the affected side. 

 

Treatment

Structural Physiotherapy: Manual corrective techniques are performed to focus on balancing the muscle fascia systems of the body to improve range of motion, posture, and support pain free movement. 

 

Postural Alignment Therapy: designed specifically for your body, re-patterning exercises are a great way to promote proper body position and connect the brain to muscle pathway letting the muscles and fascia relearn correct posture and movement.

 

Mobility Therapy: at Structure we have a great selection of self care mobility tools used to balance join mechanics, promote proper gliding between muscles and connective tissue, and re-educate neuromuscular pathways that can limit range of motion of the body. 

 

Kinetic Taping: special kinesiology tape is used to decrease pain, decompress tissue, and provide support while allowing for full range of motion.  

 

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation: IASTM is a great way for the therapist to interact with connective tissues and the nerve roots that innervate them. Using a stainless-steel tool with a treatment edge to enhance specific desired results from the tissues the tool is being applied to. IASTM is used to help with pain mitigation, promotion of tissue glide, regulation of nervous tissue, and fluid capture. 

 

Rockpods (cupping): Cupping has been around for a long time and has been used to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, and well-being. At Structura we use silicone pods as a way to decompress through tissues and improve neurosensory effects (I.e body awareness, improved tactile acuity, perception and control). 

 

Rockfloss: compression band therapy is a manual technique that we use to help improve range of motion, fluid regulation in the body, pain mitigation, and improve recovery. 

 

Susan from Neveda Testimonial

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

Jon from Ogden Utah Testimonial

Working with Structura Body Therapies has been a life-changing experience. They are not only extremely skilled in their practice, but are very educational. I noticed a big difference after the first visit

John
Ogden, UT

Jeannie from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I am a 62 year old female. For several years, I have become less flexible and stiff. I was introduced to Structura and finished the 10 weekly sessions of Structural Integration. They are very professional and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Structura Body Therapies’ therapy.

Debra Testimonial

The people are friendly, and make you feel at ease. They are very professional, and I saw results fast. I am thankful that there is hope to take away my pain, which I have lived with for so long. I would highly recommend Structura to anyone.

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I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

Jessica from Ogden, UT Testimonial

Structura has truly helped me so much! It was a long road to recovery, but I skipped the surgeries and was able to naturally heal over time. I continue to go on a regular basis for maintenance now. This is an amazing way to stay in top performance and learn about mobility and movement.

Kaylee from North Ogden, UT Testimonial

I was experiencing a lot of knee pain after having surgery for a torn ACL. Months of physical therapy and a 2nd knee surgery didn’t help the pain and issues I was having. I was ready to just live with the pain but I decided to give Structura’s therapy a try. It has helped my knee tremendously! My knee pain is gone and my range of motion is back! So happy I found this therapy! If you are experiencing pain that your doctors can’t figure out, I would highly recommend Structura’s therapy!

Tiffany from West Valley, UT Testimonial

I was having some lower back pain and and they’re deep tissue massage helped me feel better. The therapist was really nice and I felt amazing after the 60-minute session. I would highly recommend anyone with back pain to go to them. -Tiffany

Kellie from Hooper, UT Testimonial

I am running again! Less than a year ago, I had a doctor, physical therapist, and a chiropractor all tell me I needed to stop running because of constant back and neck pain, along with ankle and groin injuries. Well, they were wrong! Because of Stuctura Body Therapies, in the last 2 months, I have ran a half marathon, a 5K, and I am continuing to run 3 times a week. The 10-week Structural Integration program, and continued maintenance, have been a true blessing for me. The therapists and staff at Structura are the best, and are professional and caring. So grateful to have found this amazing technique.

Pamela from Utah Testimonial

I was afraid to try Structura because I heard the therapy might be painful. But it was going into months and months with plantar fasciitis and not being able to walk without limping and waddling. That was painful too. Through the therapy sessions, I found that I was twisted and seized up all over. I’m not sure when the fasciitis actually completely healed, but it did 100%. The therapy was a little painful, but nothing like the pain of months of fasciitis and years of waddling. At 58 years old, I can finally move my legs again so I can walk normally and start exercising.

J. Sanchez from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I was introduced to Structura Body Therapies by a family member.  I have suffered from chronic pain for the past 9 years and the source of the pain was finally diagnosed. I started coming to Structura to see how their therapies could help me before, between, and after the two hip surgeries I would need to correct the source of my pain. I cannot express enough how pleased I am with the results of the therapy thus far!  I recently had the first surgery and the therapies from Structura Body Therapies have cut my healing time by 4 weeks! I am looking very forward to completing my next surgery and then starting the Structural Integration program with Structura.

Annie from Layton, UT Testimonial

I’ve been able to get my life back thanks to the therapists at Structura. Taylor and Skye were amazing at listening and critically thinking. They were both very professional. I had dealt with 1.5 years of debilitating pain in my lower back and shooting pain down my legs. After physical therapy, multiple steroid shots, and mediations to deal with the pain I heard about Structura. Thanks to these amazing people I can sleep through the night, enjoy activities I love, and play with my kids. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing more than a relaxing massage.

Lisa from Layton, UT Testimonial

I felt so good after each of the 10 sessions of Structural Integration. Parts of my body that bothered me before the session felt so much better after being worked on. My knees that hurt before, didn’t bother me after being worked on.

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