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Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation.

What kind of massage therapy should I do for a torn rotator cuff?

Nicole Scruggs (Detroit, MI) on Feb 10, 2012
Get Reiki and craniosacral work, energy work that will aid in the healing of the trauma. I would talk to a herbalist or naturopath to make sure you're getting the right nutrition for proper healing.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage is not the answer for a torn rotator cuff. But cold laser could be useful.
Della Melville (Plainfield, IL) on Feb 10, 2012
If you were my client, I would approach your situation with deep tissue, myofascial massage, neuromuscular therapy, scar tissue therapy, joint rehabilitation, stretches and range-of-motion exercises. However, all of this depends on the severity of the tear, how much flexibility you currently have, and how much pain you are experiencing.
Christine Gross (Grand Rapids, MI) on Feb 10, 2012
The best massage therapy would be trigger point. Rest is also vital. Use a sling to speed up the healing.
Brian Wah (Herndon, VA) on Feb 10, 2012
I work with torn rotator cuffs, depending on the degree of the tear. The skill of the massage therapist is more important than the modality.
Sandy Rabolli (Coral Springs, FL) on Feb 10, 2012
Myoskeletal massage is good.
Jennie Mison (Philadelphia, PA) on Feb 10, 2012
If your rotator cuff is torn, the only kind of massage that is recommended is palliative or comfort care massage until the healing process is completely finished. Strengthening the rotator cuff with weight bearing exercises under the supervision of a physical therapist or personal trainer is recommended. Deep tissue massage should be avoided unless the rotator cuff still has some issues after the healing has completed and the doctor has ruled out any other causes that would require physical therapy or surgery. Good luck!
Krystina Morris (Louisville, GA) on Feb 10, 2012
Your massage therapist should try compression and friction in the area surrounding the scapula. For compression, using the heel of his hand, the therapist will lean into the affected muscles and apply pressure. He will repeat this compression numerous times. This simple technique brings blood to the area and loosens the underlying muscles Deep massage techniques, like friction, are best applied by a certified massage therapist. The therapist will know the exact rotator cuff muscle to target and will be able to dig in deep with his hands. Friction is applied to small area of the muscle using a back and forth motion to break up any adhesions and help promote healing in the tissue. Sometimes friction may be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. Talk to your therapist if you experience pain, and he will lighten his touch.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Feb 10, 2012
None until the tear is healed, but after that, neuromuscular massage.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Feb 10, 2012
See your health care provider regarding the advisability and type of appropriate massage.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Feb 10, 2012
See your health care provider regarding the advisability and type of appropriate massage.
Julie LaFrano (Breckenridge, CO) on Feb 10, 2012
Try scar tissue and injury recovery massage.
Micah Harris (Marietta, GA) on Feb 10, 2012
You should get a Swedish and deep tissue massage on your pec muscles. The major and minor pec muscles are the ones that need to be worked on.
Elaine Lee (Santa Cruz, CA) on Feb 10, 2012
A torn rotator cuff should first be diagnosed and treated by a doctor, preferably an orthopedic surgeon. You may be referred to a physical therapist for strengthening and/or surgery to repair the damage. Once you are cleared for massage by your doctor, a skilled massage therapist or orthopedic massage therapist can support proper alignment and functioning of your shoulder girdle by balancing the muscles of the rotator cuff and providing relief of pain in the neck and back that often accompanies a rotator cuff injury.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Feb 10, 2012
My best advice for you is to find a therapist experienced in orthopedics and the biomechanics of the shoulder. Do some shoulder strenghtening exercises for your shoulder. Hope that helps. I am a chiropractic intern so I deal with shoulder problems all the time, if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Diana Stone (Sag Harbor, NY) on Feb 10, 2012
I find that the subscapularis massage to be a big help. The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles, the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. The subscap is hard to access, but a skilled practitioner should know how to provide some cross fiber friction to this muscle.
Mark Carlson (Costa Mesa, CA) on Feb 10, 2012
The rotator cuff is made up of many muscles in your shoulder area. To know what kind of massage you need you need to know specifically what muscle is torn and how badly the muscle is torn.
Devinder Singh (Damascus, MD) on Feb 10, 2012
Deep massage techniques, like cross fiber friction, are best and should be applied by a certified massage therapist. The therapist will know the exact rotator cuff muscle to target. Friction is applied to a small area of the muscle using a back and forth motion to break up any adhesions and help promote healing in the tissue.