A common condition that presents in our Brisbane Acupuncture clinic is shoulder pain.

Generally shoulder pain is caused by inflammation (bursitis), physical injury or

arthritis. In fact it is easy for practitioners to mistake bursitis for arthritis, especially if

the condition in chronic.


Traditional Chinese Medicine theory is based on a flow of energy called ‘qi’ of which

the body consists in different forms and layers. Understanding how ‘qi’ flows through

the body allows us to treat shoulder pain according to illness (signs & symptoms),

lifestyle and constitution.


Often the severity of shoulder pain is measurable by the limited range

of motion when clients move their shoulders. It’s a great way for us to measure the

efficacy of our treatments after a typical session.

Essentially it is thought that Acupuncture stimulates sensory receptors and nerves

that transmit impulses into the pituitary gland and hypothalamus sections of our

brain. As a result the neurotransmitters Serotonin and Endorphin are released,

blocking the messages of pain sent from the brain.

If you suffer from the following signs and symptoms then consider making an

appointment with us today:

  • Pain in and around the entire shoulder
  • Radiating pain towards the elbow or wrist
  • Pain worse when lying on the affected shoulder
  • Pain worse when extending or moving your arm above shoulder height
  • Painful arc of movement – shoulder pain felt between 60 – 90° of arm moving up and outwards
  • Constant dull pain regardless of arm position
  • Pain with everyday activities such washing hair, brushing your teeth, or reaching for high items

For stubborn cases of shoulder pain we will begin to look at underlying emotional factors:

  • What shoulder is affected and what this means emotionally
  • Underlying resentment
  • Carrying life’s burdens on your shoulders (exploring reasons and solutions)
  • Linking fluid build-up and retention with emotion

If you’ve identified any of the pain signs and symptoms or other aspects of this article

then don’t hesitate to book in a treatment with me by clicking here. Alternately you

can call us on 0406 688 832 to discuss your requirements.