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Osteopath in Narre Warren Talks: Subacromial Impingements

Hello, I'm Dr Andray Voronov from Gravity Osteopathy, and today, I'm going to delve into a common shoulder issue many of us face - shoulder subacromial impingements. As an osteopath in Narre Warren and the surrounding suburbs of Hallam, Berwick, Cranbourne, Clyde, Clyde North, and Endeavour Hills, I've seen countless patients with this condition. Our focus will be on the differences in the cause of pain and some key signs and symptoms to help you distinguish subacromial impingement from other shoulder pathologies. I'll also discuss the importance of movement nutrition and daily lifestyle habits for overall health and wellbeing.

Understanding Shoulder Subacromial Impingements

Subacromial impingement occurs when structures in the subacromial space (located between the acromion and the humeral head) become compressed, causing pain and discomfort. There are three common sources of pain in this condition:

  1. The subacromial bursa

  2. The supraspinatus tendon

  3. The bicep tendon

Inflammation or irritation in any of these structures can lead to impingement, which may manifest as pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion in the shoulder. To provide you with the best possible care, it's essential to pinpoint the exact cause of the pain.

Key Signs and Symptoms of Subacromial Impingement

To differentiate subacromial impingement from other shoulder pathologies, look out for these signs and symptoms:

  1. Pain when raising your arm above your head

  2. Weakness and discomfort when lifting objects

  3. Night pain and difficulty sleeping on the affected side

  4. Stiffness and loss of range of motion

If you experience any of these symptoms, it's essential to consult an osteopath like myself, who can perform a thorough assessment and provide a tailored treatment plan.

The Power of Movement Nutrition for Shoulder Health

Movement nutrition refers to incorporating a diverse range of movements into your daily routine to nourish your body and promote overall health. For individuals with subacromial impingement, movement nutrition is crucial to aid recovery, maintain shoulder function, and prevent further complications.

Daily Lifestyle Habits for Optimal Shoulder Health

Now that we understand the importance of movement nutrition, let's discuss some daily lifestyle habits that can help promote optimal shoulder health and wellbeing:

  1. Stay active: Engage in regular physical activity to keep your shoulder joints mobile and maintain muscle strength. Activities like swimming, yoga, and Pilates can be especially beneficial for improving shoulder flexibility and range of motion.

  2. Practice good posture: Maintaining proper alignment of your spine and shoulder blades can help prevent impingement and reduce the strain on your shoulder muscles and tendons.

  3. Incorporate shoulder-friendly exercises: Strengthening exercises targeting the rotator cuff muscles and the muscles surrounding your shoulder blade can help prevent impingement and improve overall shoulder function. Consult with an osteopath or a qualified exercise professional for specific exercise recommendations tailored to your needs.

  4. Warm-up and cool-down: Make sure to include dynamic stretching and mobility exercises before and after workouts to increase blood flow to the shoulder area, reducing the risk of injury. When it comes to the shoulder, personally, I always warm up with the "lock-3" shoulder exercises and some banded lat activation prior to lifting.

The Role of Osteopathy in Shoulder Subacromial Impingement

As an osteopath in Narre Warren, I use a holistic approach to assess and treat subacromial impingement. Treatment may include manual therapy techniques, exercise prescription, and lifestyle advice to address the root cause of the impingement and facilitate recovery. Osteopathy can help:

  1. Alleviate pain and inflammation

  2. Improve joint mobility and range of motion

  3. Strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint

  4. Correct postural imbalances that contribute to impingement

By addressing the whole body, osteopathy aims to create an environment conducive to healing and recovery, allowing you to return to your daily activities with less pain and discomfort.


Shoulder subacromial impingement can be a painful and restrictive condition, but understanding the differences in the cause of pain, key signs and symptoms, and incorporating movement nutrition and daily lifestyle habits can help you on your road to recovery. Consulting with an osteopath like myself, in Narre Warren or the surrounding areas, can provide you with a tailored treatment plan to address your specific needs and promote optimal shoulder health.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How do I know if I have a subacromial impingement? A: Look out for the key signs and symptoms, such as pain when raising your arm above your head, weakness when lifting objects, night pain, and stiffness. Consult an osteopath for a thorough assessment and diagnosis.

Q: Can I still exercise with a subacromial impingement? A: Yes, but it's essential to modify your activities and focus on shoulder-friendly exercises. Consult an osteopath or a qualified exercise professional for specific recommendations tailored to your needs.

Q: How long does it take to recover from a subacromial impingement? A: Recovery time can vary depending on the severity of the impingement, the underlying cause, and your adherence to the treatment plan. Following your osteopath's advice and incorporating daily movement nutrition can help speed up the recovery process.

If you're experiencing shoulder pain or suspect you might have a subacromial impingement, don't hesitate to reach out to us at Gravity Osteopathy. Our dedicated team of osteopaths, serving Narre Warren and the surrounding suburbs, is here to help you on your journey to better health and wellbeing. Book an appointment today, and let's get you moving pain-free again!

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