What can cause my shoulder pain?

There are many areas of the body that can cause shoulder pain.  The location of the pain is important in helping to determine where the pain is coming from.  If your pain is below the point of your shoulder then the shoulder joint is possibly involved.

However, if the pain is on the neck side of the point of your shoulder then the cervical spine, thoracic spine, acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular joints do need to be excluded as possible causes.

The most important message when understanding pain in the shoulder is that the shoulder is best viewed as a complex of joints rather than one joint in isolation.  Any of the areas I have mentioned above can result in pain in your shoulder or further down your arm.

The best approach is to have an assessment by your therapist to determine the cause of your pain.  They will be able to direct you if you require scans or a specialist review.

I have a headache!

There are 3 common causes of headaches – migraine, tension headaches and neck related or cervicogenic headaches.  Neck related headaches generally begin in the neck and then spread to a headache.  The headache is usually on one side only and is of a mild to moderate intensity.

Headaches getting you down

Physiotherapy has been shown to be effective in controlling and reducing neck related headaches.  You should feel better within 4 to 5 treatment sessions and will also be provided with advice on workplace setup, a stretching and strengthening program and other education on controlling further aggravations of your pain.

If the pain is of a high intensity and unrelenting then it is best to see your doctor for an assessment.




What is Myotherapy

Trigger Point Therapy
Deep and Soft Tissue Massage

Myotherapy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the soft and connective tissues eg: muscle, tendon, ligaments.

What to expect?
At Fountain Gate Physiotherapy, the myotherapist has an initial appointment of 1 hour. This gives time to do a comprehensive physical assessment, history and treatment. Subsequent appointments can be made for either 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions.

What treatment techniques?
Techniques that can be used during a treatment session include soft and deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, cupping and dry needling. Myotherapists have also been trained in the provision of stretching and rehabilitative exercises.

What Can it treat?

  • General muscular tension
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Arthritic pain
  • Stress related pain
  • Pregnancy related pains

Our myotherapist is registered with all health funds and is authorised to treat Worksafe patients with a doctor’s referral.  Call us on 9796 7599 for an appointment. Appointments are necessary.

Fountain Gate Physiotherapy is located at 427 Princes Hwy Narre Warren 3805.