Both the back and shoulder
are complex areas to treat for any practitioner.
The spinal column consists of five main structures, and the shoulder of muscles stretching from the low back (latisimus dorsi), the back of the skull and spine (trapezius) and into the forearm (biceps).
By concentrating on one or more areas of the back we can identify where to concentrate treatment to aid in the relief of acute and chronic back pain.
The shoulder can suffer
from a number of ligament and muscle strains, disclocation, joint inflammation, and fractures.
Tendon tears or irritation are a common cause of inflamation and muscle spasm, sometimes causing what is known as 'frozen shoulder' (adhesive capsulitis) which is an extreme loss of movement.
By encouraging the range of movement, osteopathic treatment aims to improve muscle tones and circulation to reduce pain and inflamation.