Over the course of the last several years I have seen many patients recover or find relief from debilitating and protracted episodes of shoulder pain thanks to traditional acupuncture treatment. Painless and unrestricted movement of the shoulder joints are essential for free use of the upper limbs and hands. Those who have pain and dysfunction often find it difficult to fully participate at work, in sport or at home. In the older population, degeneration of the rotator cuff tendons can be an additional complicating factor. The ability of acupuncture and moxibustion (heat therapy) to alleviate pain and restore function in acute shoulder pain, chronic shoulder pain or frozen shoulder has led me to believe that it is a first-class treatment.
Below are some general facts about the shoulder joint.
- The shoulder joint is a shallow ball-and-socket type joint that connects the humerus (upper arm bone) to the scapula (shoulder blade).
- Another bone called the clavicle (collar bone) acts as a brace between the sternum and the scapula, which keeps the shoulder at a useful distance from the mid line.
- The short powerful muscles that connect the scapula to the humerus are essential for supporting and moving the shoulder joint.
- The muscles that connect the scapula to the spine ensure free movement of the scapula over the back of the ribcage.