Your shoulder is one of the most amazing structures in your body. First of all your shoulder blade sits along your ribs, its actually called a floating bone. This is because there is nothing holding it in place except for muscles! Every other joint in the body has some form of a ligament blue tacking things in place. Your shoulder blade forms to make a socket that the ball of your arm sits in. When you look at this you will see that 2/3 of the ball sits outside of the socket. This is a blessing for mobility but a curse for injuries as we age.
Your shoulder blade has a set of muscles with tendons that wrap around the ball of the arm (that sits in the socket). These tendons are called the rotator cuff, their job is to hold the shoulder in place. You also have ligaments around the ball that stops dislocations. If you’ve had a shoulder injury, you will probably have heard of the bursa or bursitis. This is a fluid filled sack that acts as a barrier between tendons and bones to stop unnecessary friction. Because it holds fluid any inflammation that occurs in the shoulder will often be drawn into this sack causing problems. In my experience the bursa is always the victim not the cause of your problem.
Ben Leyson is the only Integrative Physiotherapist on the Mid North Coast. He is trained in Ridgway Method and personally helped over 300 people avoid unnecessary shoulder surgery