Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can arise from any of the muscles, joints, or ligaments in the shoulder, neck or upper rib and spinal areas so it is important to know where you should begin in your management of your pain.

Many shoulder problems are due to weak postural muscles or the beginning of arthritic changes.

We can help you to manage shoulder aches and pains and can advise you on whether osteopathic treatment and exercises are appropriate in your case.

When we look at a shoulder problem we assess the neck and upper back movements and look at postures or activities that might be contributing to your pain levels.

Retraining the shoulder muscles to work fully and maintaining your shoulder joint mobility will be key in reducing pain and increasing function.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder or ‘Adhesive Capsulitis’ is a specific shoulder condition which affects between 2% and 5% of the population. People suffering from a frozen shoulder experience shoulder pain which can at times be severe, extreme shoulder joint stiffness and often discomfort at night. The condition can come on for no apparent reason, and it normally eventually settles but symptoms may last as long as 18 months to 2 years.

We use a specific approach to treating this condition which we find is much more helpful in relieving night pain and stiffness than many other approaches where the shoulder is forced to move or simply left alone.  

Suzanne Hibberd and Stuart Bentley have undergone extra training in the Niel-Asher technique, a non invasive way of helping patients with this painful condition. A study at Addenbrooks Hospital showed this technique to have an 85% success rate in reducing pain and increasing movement in this debilitating condition.

In addition to their training Suzanne and Stuart have also been involved in collating evidence for a study which has looked to see if the Addenbrooks results can be reproduced in a clinical setting. This study was reviewed in the Journal of Bodyworks and Movement Therapies.


For more information on this technique see our information sheet or call us and speak to Stuart or Suzanne.

Anna measuring shoulder movements.

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After suffering with shoulder pain for months I was persuaded by a friend to see Suzanne. I thought I had arthritis, but at my first treatment with Suzanne I was told I had a frozen shoulder. Never heard of it until then. Thanks to Suzanne’s care and wondrous hands I am now pain free and more flexible. Thank you x

D Laycock

2nd October 2017