Physiotherapy is usually the starting point for any medical approach to shoulder pain. Physio is a manual therapy designed to restore the full range of movement in the shoulder, the affected arm, and even the surrounding muscles into the neck, chest, and back.
We take an entirely client-focused approach to physiotherapy for shoulder pain - carefully assessing your current movement and pain, your medical history, and the surrounding contributing factors - before putting together a detailed treatment plan.
Through every step, our expert physiotherapist will help you understand everything that's happening - from the underlying cause through to the effect that certain movements will have on restoring mobility and easing your pain. Ordinarily, we'll even be able to give you exercises and stretches to carry out at home - so your journey to recovery is as swift as possible.
Osteopathy is a therapy that focuses specifically on the joints - manipulating and moving them to restore movement and minimise pain.
Effective osteopathy relies on expert knowledge of the musculoskeletal framework - then combining this know-how with a combination of touch, physical manipulation, stretching, and massage to get your shoulder moving as intended.
With a joint as complex as the shoulder, it's completely understandable for you to want to know you're in safe therapeutic hands. That's why the osteopaths on our team are all registered with both the General Osteopathic Council and The British Osteopathic Association.
Sports massage focuses on soft tissue manipulation in and around the shoulder. A series of massage techniques are used to encourage blood flow, reduce inflammation, flush natural muscular waste products and breakdown the light scar tissue that can collect within muscles and limits movement.
These techniques loosen and relax muscle fibres - allowing the surrounding soft tissue to relax too, often immediately resulting in a greater freedom of movement and a reduction in pain.
Although termed 'sports massage' - this is a therapy that's designed for more than just sports injuries. Sports massage therapy is often used for occupational issues relating to the shoulders too - such as your posture at a desk, the way you wear or carry bags, and even the way you walk and sleep.
We regularly work with a large range of shoulder injuries, including:
Rotator cuff tears
Rotator cuff tendon strains
Shoulder dislocation issues
Shoulder blade fracture/separation problems (often in the AC joint)
Shoulder issues resulting from tennis elbow
We also have a detailed understanding and years of experience supporting people with rehabilitation following shoulder surgery.
At Physical Edge, we offer a range of treatment types - but don't panic - we don't expect you to come to a consultation knowing exactly what's going to fix your shoulder pain.
We offer a range of treatments so we can make sure that we take all the way along the road to recovery. We'll careful assess your issue, look at the contributing factors, then work out exactly what's needed to treat your pain, restore your full range of movement, and avoid the problem occurring again.
Sometimes, a single type of treatment will fix the problem - but in other cases, we'll combine approaches at different stages of the journey, to make sure we get your back to fitness as quickly as possible.
In the rare instance that your shoulder problem requires more specialist attention - a surgical procedure for instance - we'll help you understand what your next steps should be and provide all our treatment notes so medical professionals have a head start.
When you make an appointment with a shoulder pain specialist, it can be very difficult to know what kind of experience you're going to get. Some therapy providers work in large hospitals - where others often work from their own homes.
When you book with Physical Edge, you remove any uncertainty. We have dedicated private treatment space just a minute's walk from Oxford Street and close to all major transport links.
When you get in touch to book an initial consultation, you'll speak to one of our friendly team who'll find an appointment that fits your diary. We work before, during, and after normal working hours - and if it's more convenient, we can book a weekend appointment.
When you get here, your consultation will take place in our private treatment room. You'll talk to one of our shoulder pain specialists who'll ask a few questions about your issues and take time to answer any questions you have about any part of our business and your treatment.
We'll usually be able to start your treatment during the same session - so it's a good idea to come wearing comfortable sports clothing. Don't worry if you're coming straight from the office though - you're welcome to use our private changing area.