Shoulder therapy can be extremely beneficial, as shoulder injuries affect one in three people and one in two later in life. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and has a high degree of complexity as it includes 4 joints. There are 26 muscles attaching to the shoulder blade alone requiring a high degree of balance and automatic coordination between the muscles. Additionally, the joints may become arthritic with the normal aging process as well as through injury and trauma.
Shoulder therapy has shown to be one of the most effective forms of treatment for the shoulder and Joshua Wies has contributed to the evidence base with his Cambridge research on the rotator cuff and frozen shoulder. Shoulder therapy must include specific exercises to re-establish normal function and control of the shoulder and to improve the quality of the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments and tendons). Soft tissue degeneration due to a breakdown in the protein collagen is a problem that can cause significant pain and loss of shoulder function as well as loss of sleep. Exercise can help to promote the production of healthy tissue, relieving the problem and returning to normal pain-free function.