Rotator cuff Physio

Rotator cuff is a set of four muscle surrounding your shoulder joint. The essentially function to stabilize your shoulder joint and are most active muscles of your shoulder. These muscles also work in synchrony with other muscles of shoulder joint such as deltoid, teres major, coracobrachialis when you are engaged in dynamic motion such as overhead reaching, throwing a ball or even lifting heavy weights.

 The four rotator cuff muscles are supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. These muscles attach to head of humerus (arm bone) through tendons (thickened part of muscle that attaches muscle to bone). Apart from muscles and tendons, shoulder joint is stabilized by capsules, bursa and ligaments.

Mechanism of injury

They can be injured secondary to acute trauma, chronic overuse or repetitive movements at work or sports or even as part of aging process.


Typical symptoms of rotator cuff injury are night pain, dull diffuse aching/ sharp paroxysmal spasms, difficulty in reaching onto back pocket, blowing hairdryer or combing, putting on a shirt or strapping up bra, putting on seat belt and lying on side.

Treatment for Rotator Cuff – Curezone Physiotherapy, Mississauga

A thorough patient assessment must be completed before any treatment is undertaken. Curezone physiotherapy Clinic, Mississauga is a team of multidisciplinary practitioners’ showing effective management of the patients with Rotator cuff injuries and providing access to all members of the team as necessary.  We make sure we have good communication and cooperation between all team members for providing best results.

Our Registered Physiotherapist at curezone Physiotherapy clinic, Mississauga does a baseline assessment to get an idea about severity of your injuries and functional restrictions. Different approaches for treating this kind of injury are manual therapy, soft tissue release, deep transverse friction massage, electrical modalities, k-taping, and use of hawk tool or Garston, corrective exercises, Cupping or acupuncture.

Acupuncture and massage can reduce pain naturally by decreasing inflammation, improving blood flow to the area, and helping damaged or torn tissues to heal. Acupuncture treatment involves use of sterile needles to stimulate specific points in skin to accelerate the healing process. They stimulate the underlying nerves or muscles that enhance the release of natural pain killers know as endorphins and also get more blood to the area. Improved blood flow further enhances the healing process by eliminating the pain provocative inflammatory substance at the area of injury. Thin needles ensure that there is very minimal or no discomfort at point of insertion.  Acupuncture treatment can be used to treat different musculoskeletal injuries such as rotator cuff tendinitis/tear, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, hip bursitis, ankle sprain, patellar tendon injury.

Cupping is used to treat pain, ease scar tissue deep within muscles and connective tissues, and reduce swelling and muscle knots. The cupping mechanism constitutes creating a vacuum on the skin, with the ensuing negative pressure resulting in capillary rupture. This method is known as retained or dry cupping. Cupping has multiple therapeutic functions which include

(1) Warming the channels to remove cold

(2) Promoting qi and blood circulation

(3) Relieving swelling,

(4) Accelerating healing,

(5) Adjusting body temperature,

(6) Fibromyalgia

(7) Stroke rehabilitation, hypertension, musculoskeletal pain, herpes zoster

(8) Facial paralysis, acne, and cervical spondylosis

(9) Alleviating pain, including chronic neck, shoulder pain, and low back pain.

The CT therapeutic method can cause vasodilatation and stimulate blood circulation to increase metabolism and accelerate the elimination of waste and toxins from the body. This effect acts to improve physical function.