How Many Sessions Do I Need to Relieve Shoulder Pain?

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Shoulder pain can range from mild to debilitating, even preventing you from carrying out your normal daily activities in serious cases. Fortunately, there are various treatments available for this condition, including physiotherapy, soft tissue therapy and massage therapy. You might be wondering how many sessions you’ll need to relieve your shoulder pain and increase its range of motion. Read on to find out.

What treatment is best for shoulder pain?

Whilst in some cases it’s possible to relieve shoulder pain at home using a combination of hot and cold therapy, painkillers and gentle exercises, many people choose to try physiotherapy, soft tissue therapy or massage therapy performed by a qualified practitioner. Which treatment is best for your condition will largely depend on what is causing it.

Often, physiotherapy is the preferred option since it’s geared towards rehabilitating the function of the muscle and joint, rather than simply reducing the pain. Physiotherapy can help to treat the root cause of the problem and enable you to build strength and movement in your shoulder again. Often, physiotherapy is used alongside soft tissue and massage therapy to achieve the best results. At Faye Pattison, we’ve helped many people reduce or in several cases even eliminate their shoulder pain altogether. We have a great reputation in the Chelmsford area, making us the first point of call for those living with painful shoulder conditions.

Physiotherapy techniques for shoulder pain

There are many different physiotherapy techniques that we can use to help relieve your shoulder pain. These include, but are not limited to, manual therapy techniques, acupuncture, dry needling, soft tissue massage, kinesiology tape application, resistance band exercise, and ice and heat physiotherapy applications. If you’re in a lot of pain, physiotherapists can also provide cortisone injections to help reduce inflammation in and around the shoulder joint. For the best results, your practitioner may suggest exercises for you to perform whilst at home.

How many sessions should I have?

It’s difficult to say how many sessions you’ll need to treat your shoulder pain effectively. This is because the number of treatment sessions you’ll require depends on how quickly your pain responds to the therapies we use, as well as any lifestyle changes you make. Typically, four to six sessions will be required, although this can be less or much more. Your practitioner will guide you through a series of stretches and other exercises to help you begin to move your shoulder more comfortably again. We’ll advise that your treatment continues until you have regained comfortable full movement of your shoulder.

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To take the first step to living a more comfortable, pain-free life, book shoulder pain treatment in Chelmsford today. You can reach us by calling 01245 901170, emailing or by sending us a message via our website. Our friendly team are on hand to tell you more about how we can help treat common shoulder pain conditions, including tendonitis, frozen shoulder and impingement syndrome.