3 Top Tips For Managing Shoulder Pain

3 Top Tips For Managing Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal complaint, with prShoulder Pain In Nervesevalence rates between 6-30%. This is largely due to the fact that the shoulder joint is the most moveable joint in the body. To keep the shoulder joint in a normal position it must be stabilised by the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments.

I just recently attended a course in Dublin, hosted by well-known Physiotherapist Adam Meakins – “The Shoulder: Complex doesn’t have to be Complicated”. At this course I learned that sometimes a simple approach is the best in regards to pain management in the shoulder joint.

These are my top tips for managing shoulder pain:

Strength Training Is Key

Both physically and psychologically. Strengthening exercises can not only improve muscle strength but can also be used to improve tissue length. The benefits can be gained by performing just one exercise and the best exercise is often the one being performed regularly.

Motion Is Lotion

Movement reduces pain, promotes healing and helps to restore confidence. Think of rest as rust. Movement really is the best medicine.

“Get A Grip” Hand making a fist

Making a fist can help to increase shoulder muscle activity during both isometric and dynamic exercises. This can be a useful tip for those with weak and painful shoulders.


However if you feel your issue is more complicated and you need some advice feel free to contact one of our Chartered Physiotherapists who will be sure to point you in the right direction.

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Many thanks for reading,

Chartered Physiotherapist Aiveen Lavery


Aiveen Lavery MISCP

4 thoughts on ““3 Top Tips For Managing Shoulder Pain”

  • Georgia Boothe

    Thanks for this great article! I’ve been struggling a bit with shoulder pain since I started a new job that is mostly sitting at a computer. After reading this, I think my problem is that I’m sitting in the same position for too long. I think I’ll have to try to take breaks and move my shoulders around to try to solve the problem!

  • Tyler Meredith

    I like what this article mentions about strength being one of the most important parts of shoulder pain relief. It makes sense that strengthening your shoulders would allow the muscles to relax a little in daily activities causing less stress on the bones. It’s something I’ll have to keep in mind for my joints because I think this could be helpful for things like knees and hips too.

  • John Mahoney

    I hadn’t thought about how exercising can help you with physiotherapy. It makes sense that taking the time to do a little research can help you find the best way to get the results you want. I can see how anyone looking into this would want to make sure they consult with a professional and have them provide their advice on how to approach this.

  • LNWeaver

    I didn’t know shoulder pain had prevalence rates between 6-30%. That seems really common for an ailment. Like most ailments, if your pain is acute or ongoing (more than 3 days), it may be time to see a professional.

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