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Shoulder Pain

Osteopathic Treatment for Shoulder Pain

North Lakes Clinic

Family Owned & Operated

Tailored Treatments

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Shoulder pain can be a debilitating condition that hinders your ability to perform everyday tasks and enjoy your favorite activities. Whether it’s caused by repeated overhead movements, sports-related injuries, or traumatic incidents, the pain often manifests in the front and outside of the shoulder, potentially radiating down the arm and limiting your range of motion. Coping with such pain can significantly impact your lifestyle and overall well-being.

Seeking professional osteopathic care becomes essential in such situations. At Still Point Osteopathy, our dedicated team of osteopaths are extensively trained in a range of effective treatments, including joint manipulation, myofascial release, massage, stretching, and strengthening exercises, all aimed at providing relief from shoulder pain and restoring your quality of life.

Evidence Based Approach

Our practitioners use a combination of current literature and clinical experience to achieve the best results for you


Our practitioners use a combination of current literature and clinical experience to achieve the best results for you

Tailored Treatments

Your treatment is tailored specifically to your needs and with realistic prognosis and treatment plans.

Conveniently Based In Ashgrove

Osteopath North Brisbane

Types of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can manifest in various forms, each presenting its unique challenges and symptoms. At Still Point Osteopathy, our experienced practitioners possess the expertise to accurately diagnose and effectively address the following types of shoulder pain:

Bursitis: A common cause of shoulder pain, bursitis involves inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac located near the joint that cushions and reduces friction between bones, tendons, and muscles.

Tendonitis: There are two types of tendonitis that individuals may experience. Rotator cuff tendonitis occurs when tendons become compressed and inflamed, while calcific tendonitis is characterised by calcium deposits within a tendon, usually affecting the rotator cuff tendons.

Arthritis: This condition involves the deterioration of protective cartilage, leading to increased friction and discomfort within the joints.

Frozen Shoulder: Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this condition results in stiffness and limited mobility of the shoulder joint.

Tears: Tears can occur in the rotator cuff tendons or the labrum, with rotator cuff tears referring to the separation of the tendon from the bone and labral tears often caused by shoulder dislocations.

Shoulder Dislocation: In this situation, the upper arm bone becomes detached from the scapula, causing significant pain and instability.

Bicep Tendon Rupture: A bicep tendon rupture involves the tearing of the tendon connected to the bicep muscle, leading to considerable discomfort.

Shoulder Instability: A loose joint, often resulting from traumatic injuries like dislocations, can cause recurring shoulder pain and limited functionality.

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Finding Relief for Shoulder Pain

As osteopaths and healthcare professionals, we specialise in manual therapy that focuses on the musculoskeletal system to promote overall health and well-being.

When it comes to treating shoulder pain, we use a combination of hands-on techniques and patient education to address the underlying causes of the pain and facilitate the body’s natural healing processes.

Here are some common approaches our team may use to treat shoulder pain:

Comprehensive Assessment: The first step in treating shoulder pain is a thorough assessment. We will take a detailed medical history and conduct a physical examination to understand your symptoms, lifestyle, and any contributing factors to the pain.

Manual Techniques: We use a range of manual techniques to address musculoskeletal imbalances and promote joint mobility. These techniques may include soft tissue manipulation, stretching, mobilisation, and gentle joint manipulation.

Myofascial Release: Your osteopath may employ myofascial release techniques to release tension and restrictions in the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs. By releasing tight fascial restrictions, shoulder mobility and function can improve.

Muscle Energy Techniques: Muscle energy techniques involve the active participation of the patient to release muscle tension and improve joint function. Osteopaths have been using this method to enhance the coordination and strength of muscles around the shoulder joint for years and we have seen great results from our patients using this technique. 

Postural Advice: Before we send you home, we’ll provide advice on maintaining proper posture during daily activities, including sitting, standing, and lifting. Correcting poor posture can relieve stress on the shoulder and prevent further strain.

Lifestyle Modifications: In some circumstances, we may also suggest lifestyle modifications, such as ergonomic changes in the workplace or adjustments to sports techniques, to avoid aggravating the shoulder and facilitate healing.

Exercise Prescription: You may be prescribed specific exercises to strengthen and stabilise the shoulder joint. These exercises are tailored to your individual condition and aim to improve range of motion, strength, and function.

Patient Education: Educating the patient about their condition and how to manage it plays a crucial role in osteopathic treatment. This empowers the patient to actively participate in their recovery and make informed choices to prevent future issues.

Collaborative Approach: Osteopaths often work in conjunction with other healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists or chiropractors, to provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to shoulder pain treatment.

It’s important to note that the osteopathic treatment we select is individualised for each patient based on their specific condition, health history, and preferences.

We aim to address the root cause of the shoulder pain and promote the body’s natural ability to heal itself, ultimately leading to improved shoulder function and reduced pain. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, consulting an osteopath can be an excellent option for a holistic and hands-on approach to your care.

Book your first appointment

At Still Point Osteopathy, we believe in taking a holistic approach to healthcare. Our team doesn’t just focus on the affected shoulder; instead, we examine your overall health to identify any underlying causes and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

By addressing the root of the problem, we aim to provide long-lasting relief and prevent future complications.

Shoulder pain may be common, but it doesn’t have to be a chronic, life-altering condition. Our experienced osteopaths are ready to help you on your journey to recovery and improved well-being. Don’t let shoulder pain hold you back any longer; take the first step towards relief by calling us today at (07) 3366 6831.

We’re here to help you regain your mobility, function, and most importantly, your quality of life.

Still Point Osteopathy

North Brisbane Osteopathy
2 great locations Ashgrove and North Lakes

Contact Us

Still Point Osteopathy (previously known as Discover Osteopathy) Ashgrove.

Ph: 0733 666 831

Fax: 0733 666 381

Address: 10/338 Waterworks rd

Ashgrove 4060


I have been seeing Phil in regards to a chronic neck pain issues as well as various other muscular issues. Whenever I see him for a treatment he takes the time to understand how I am experiencing the issue in my body and works with me to create a treatment plan. It’s a refreshing change to feel heard and seen as an individual. I have found him to be professional, kind and knowledgeable. I recommend Phil highly and continue to go there myself. I have also been to the Ashgrove clinic and recommend it as well.

Matilda Ivin-Todd

I’ve been going to Still Point Osteopathy for many years and have had amazing results. Phil is an expert in the field and knows how to treat a wide variety of conditions. I would recommend this clinic without hesitation!

Laura Jasinski

After being stagnant during my rehab for my neck and shoulder. After a few sessions and adjustments Phil got my rehab back on track. Getting me back on the field! I found Phil very knowledgeable, professional with great attention to detail!

Ahren Baxter