Shoulder Pain Relief Is Closer Than It Seems At Zenith Physiotherapy and Wellness in Airdrie, AB!

Did you know that shoulder pain affects about 25% of adults in the United States? This pain can create limitations that interfere with the most basic tasks to work responsibilities to the most advanced sports participation. Fortunately, at Zenith Physiotherapy and Wellness in Airdrie, AB, our massage therapists are here to help you get back to doing what you love!

Shoulder pain can cause a wide range of limitations, including difficulty with overhead movements, reaching, lifting, and carrying objects. It can also cause trouble sleeping and negatively impact your normal daily life.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness or a feeling of tightness in and around the shoulder
  • Weakness
  • Limited mobility and reduced range of motion.

At Zenith Physiotherapy and Wellness, we focus on improving your overall health and well-being, not just treating the symptoms of shoulder pain. We educate our clients on proper posture, ergonomics, and mechanics to prevent future injuries and ensure long-term success.

Don’t let shoulder pain limit your daily life any longer. Take the first step towards relief by contacting us today to schedule your appointment!

Why does my shoulder hurt?

Shoulder pain can be a debilitating experience that affects your daily activities and can even impact your quality of life. But why does your shoulder hurt? There are many causes of shoulder pain, and it is crucial to understand the root cause of your pain to develop a proper treatment plan.

Shoulder pain can be caused by various conditions, including:

Rotator cuff injuries

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint. Injuries to the rotator cuff can occur due to overuse, repetitive movements, or trauma.

The most common symptoms include pain, weakness, and limited range of motion. People often notice functional limitations affecting daily activities such as dressing and reaching. It is also common to experience difficulty with overhead movements and lifting objects.


This term describes any condition that affects the tendons, which are the fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. Tendinopathy can include tendonitis, tendinosis, degenerative tearing, and other tendon-related problems or conditions.

Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon due to overuse, injury, or other factors. In comparison, tendinosis is a chronic condition when the tendon degenerates due to repeated stress or injury. For some this chronic condition leads to degenerative tearing when the tendon gradually breaks down and tears over time.

Other tendon-related problems or conditions can include tenosynovitis, in which the tendon sheath becomes inflamed, and tendon ruptures, in which the tendon tears completely.

Our Zenith Physiotherapy and Wellness massage therapists will take a holistic approach to your assessment and care to ensure we address the root cause of any tendon-related issue.

Shoulder instability

Shoulder instability occurs when the shoulder joint (humeral head) ball moves completely or partially out of the socket (shoulder blade). The most common causes of instability occur when the lining of the shoulder joint (the capsule), ligaments, or labrum become stretched, torn, or detached.

Labral tears

Labral tears occur when there is an injury to the ring of cartilage in the shoulder joint. Some labral tears can increase the potential for partial and complete shoulder joint dislocations. Symptoms of a labral tear may include pain and/or catching with specific shoulder joint movements, a dull throbbing ache, difficulty sleeping, and partial or full shoulder joint dislocations.


Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa, a small fluid-filled sac that helps cushion the joint. Bursitis can occur due to overuse or repetitive movements, leading to pain and swelling around the shoulder joint. One of the most common complaints people report is difficulty with overhead movements and activities, such as lying on the affected shoulder.


Arthritis in the shoulder can be a painful and debilitating condition that affects your daily life. The two most frequent kinds of arthritis that affect the shoulder are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both result in the deterioration of the cartilage in the shoulder joint, which can make daily tasks more challenging as the degeneration becomes more severe.

Osteoarthritis is common in both active and inactive populations. Although most cases of osteoarthritis have no known cause, arthritis often develops after a traumatic event and/or repetitive stresses after an injury. There is also evidence that a genetic component makes you more susceptible to developing this condition. Regardless of how it starts, it typically leads to the loss of articular cartilage, pain, and inflammation.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to target the membranes surrounding the shoulder joint. This can result in discomfort and inflammation, making it difficult to perform daily activities without pain.

Shoulder impingement syndrome

Shoulder impingement syndrome occurs when the tendons or bursa in the shoulder become compressed or pinched between the bones of the joint. Symptoms include pain, weakness, and limited range of motion, especially when reaching overhead.

Impairments may include difficulty with overhead movements and lifting objects. At the same time, functional limitations can affect daily activities such as dressing and reaching.

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is when the shoulder joint becomes stiff and painful, often without apparent cause. Symptoms include pain and a significantly limited range of motion, affecting all shoulder joint movements.

Don’t let shoulder pain affect your quality of life any longer. We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and regain your function, so call us now to get started!

Shoulder pain relief at Zenith Physiotherapy and Wellness

Our Zenith Physiotherapy and Wellness massage therapists take a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to shoulder pain. Our massage therapists will begin by taking a thorough medical history to understand your situation better. We will then conduct a hands-on assessment, including a range of motion tests, strength tests, and movement screenings, to pinpoint the source of your pain and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Our holistic approach to massage therapy emphasizes reducing pain and improving tissue and joint mobility, strength, and overall function. We’ll work with you to create a personalized plan to relieve your pain and improve your function.

We typically use various treatments to relieve shoulder pain, including manual therapy, exercise, and modalities such as heat and ice, to restore optimal function and alleviate pain.

  • Manual therapy is a hands-on approach to massage therapy that focuses on restoring joint and soft tissue mobility. This may include techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, and myofascial release. These techniques help to improve tissue mobility, reduce pain, and promote healing and therapeutic effects.
  • Exercise is a crucial component of massage therapy. Our massage therapists will develop an individualized exercise plan to improve your range of motion, strength, and function. We may use exercises that target specific muscle groups and functional movement exercises that mimic daily activities to help you regain your whole-body function.
  • Modalities may also be used to help alleviate pain and promote healing. These treatments can help reduce pain and inflammation and help improve tissue and joint mobility.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our team of experts and start your journey to pain-free living!

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!