John Gibbons - Taping for the Rotator Cuff
There are numerous disorders that cause shoulder pain, but about 2 out of 3 cases are related to rotator cuff tendinopathy.
A large portion of the population will suffer from shoulder pain at some time, with studies suggesting a lifetime prevalence ranging from c.7.0% to 70%.
Rotator Cuff tendinopathy is generally used as an umbrella term that includes many common disorders such as shoulder impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tendinitis/tendinosis and subacromial bursitis.
The causes of rotator cuff tendinopathy are multifactorial and intrinsic as well as extrinsic factors are involved.
Intrinsic factors typically relate to degeneration of the rotator cuff tendons. Extrinsic factors contribute to the narrowing of the subacromial space, leading to impingement of the rotator cuff tendons.
Common extrinsic factors will include changes in posture; the presence of a type three acromion; and biomechanical deficits such as altered humeral or scapular kinematics.
Muscles of the Rotator Cuff
Trigger points may be a factor in almost all rotator cuff tendinopathies.
In some cases trigger points may be part of the root cause, although trigger points are also likely to manifest as part of protective holding patterns (especially common with shoulder injuries).
Taping is a popular intervention for the treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of many musculoskeletal disorders.
For rotator cuff tendinopathies, taping is often applied to the scapulothoracic and glenohumeral joints and their surrounding muscles and is believed to help recovery by improving posture and shoulder mechanics, as well as decreasing pain.
Following treatment for trigger points, many therapists will tape the treated muscles to create a cumulative offloading effect which may help to accelerate the dissipation of the trigger points.
Taping of muscles following the treatment of trigger points has become extremely common within elite sports and athletics where the outcomes are generally believed to be beneficial.
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This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell.
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