Shoulder Arthritis - Self Help Options
There are many massage and manual therapy techniques that can be applied to help relieve the symptoms of shoulder arthritis
As with other arthritic conditions, initial treatment of arthritis of the shoulder is nonsurgical
In 2011, more than 50 million people in the United States reported that they had been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, according to the National Health Interview Survey.
Simply defined, arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. In a diseased shoulder, inflammation causes pain and stiffness.
Although there is no cure for arthritis of the shoulder, there are many treatment options available. By applying these in the correct manner, most people with arthritis are able to manage pain and stay active.
Shoulder Arthritis - Certain exercises may improve the range of motion in your shoulder and provide some pain relief. Download our free exercise guide below.
Your doctor may recommend the following treatment options:
• Rest or change in activities to avoid provoking pain. You may need to learn to change the way you move your arm to perform daily tasks.
• Manual therapy including trigger point therapy can often be used effectively to help reduce pain and increase range of motion.
There are specific NAT protocols that have been proven to be extremely effective.
• Certain exercises may improve the range of motion in your shoulder and provide some pain relief. Download your free exercise guide here .
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as aspirin or ibuprofen, may reduce inflammation and pain.
These medications can irritate the stomach lining and cause internal bleeding. They should be taken with food.
Consult with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter NSAIDs if you have a history of ulcers or are taking blood thinning medication.
• Corticosteroid injections in the shoulder may dramatically reduce the inflammation and pain. However, the effect is often temporary.
• Moist heat
• Ice your shoulder for 20 to 30 minutes two or three times a day to reduce inflammation and ease pain.
• If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor may prescribe a disease-modifying drug, such as methotrexate.
About NAT Courses
As a manual therapist or exercise professional, there is only one way to expand your business - education!
Learning more skills increases the services that you offer and provides more opportunity for specialization.
Every NAT course is designed to build on what you already know, to empower you to treat more clients and grow your practice, with a minimal investment in time and money.
About Niel Asher Education
Niel Asher Education is a leading provider of distance learning and continued education courses.
Established in the United Kingdom in 1999, we provide course and distance learning material for therapists and other healthcare professionals in over 40 countries.
Our courses are accredited by over 90 professional associations and national accreditation institutions including the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Full details of all international course accreditations can be found on our website.
Printed course materials and other products offered on our websites are despatched worldwide from our 3 locations in the UK (London), USA (Pennsylvania) and Australia (Melbourne).
NAMTPT AWARD 2017
We are honored to have received the 2017 "Excellence in Education" Award from the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists.
Since 1999 Niel Asher Education has won numerous awards for education and in particular for education and services provided in the field of trigger point therapy.
Award Winning Instructors
Niel Asher Healthcare course instructors have won a host of prestigious awards including 2 lifetime achievement honorees - Stuart Hinds, Lifetime Achievement Honoree, AAMT, 2015, and Dr. Jonathan Kuttner, MD, Lifetime Achievement Honoree, NAMTPT, 2014.
If you are a qualified/licensed manual therapist or exercise/fitness professional you can expand your credentials with NAT certification.
In addition to national accreditation for continued education, each course that we offer includes "NAT Learning Credits". By taking and completing courses you can accumulate NAT credits to qualify for NAT certification.
There are currently 3 levels of NAT certification. Certifying NAT is a valuable way to show your clients that you take continued education seriously, and to promote your skills and qualifications.
Most of our courses are accredited for CE/CPD/CPE. A full list of CE accreditations can be found by clicking on the link below.
Niel Asher Technique
Since 1999 the Niel Asher Technique for treating trigger points has been adopted by over 100,000 therapists worldwide, and has been applied to the treatment of a number of common musculoskeletal injuries.
The Niel Asher Technique for treating frozen shoulder was first introduced and published in 1997 and has been widely adopted by therapists and exercise professionals working within elite sports and athletics.
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Our courses are modular, and designed to build on what you already know. For more information, please visit our "Where to Start?" page.
Trigger Point Therapy Master Course