The older shoulder

Top ten reasons for learning more about shoulder pain by Simeon Niel-Asher

Top ten reasons for learning more about shoulder pain by Simeon Niel-Asher

Shoulder pain affects 60 per cent of the population at one time in their life and its incidence increases with age, particularly as the shoulder is involved in almost all of our waking activities. It is extremely flexible and this is what makes it vulnerable to injury.

The simple fact is that our shoulder joints weren’t designed to last more than about 40 years; we have built-in obsolescence. Consequently, understanding shoulder pathology in the ageing population and formulating appropriate intervention, or better still, prevention is extremely important and can save patients a lot of time, pain, and money.

Here are the top ten reasons for learning more about shoulder pain:

  1. As a therapist, you are on the front line
  2. Manual therapy can effectively treat 90% (1) of all shoulder problems
  3. Most people over the age of 50 (2) have moderate to severe shoulder damage even if it’s silent
  4. You could have a better understanding of what ‘switches on’ a silent shoulder problem
  5. Understanding the most common problems helps inform clinical decisions
  6. There are so many treatment options but none have proven consistently effective
  7. I invented a simple, effective hands-on technique (NAT) that is guaranteed to revolutionise the way you approach the shoulder from now on
  8. NAT is an advanced trigger point technique
  9. NAT is evidence based, tested at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and in an international multi-centre study
  10. NAT also naturally enhances performance and reduces the chance of injury.
(2) Girish, G., Lobo, L. G., Jacobson, J. A., Morag, Y, Miller, B. and Jamadar, D. A. 2011. Ultrasound of the shoulder: Asymptomatic findings in men. AJR Am J Roentgnol, 197, W713-9.

Simeon Niel AsherSimeon Niel-Asher, B. Phil., B. Sc., (Ost.), qualified as an osteopath in 1992, and uses trigger point therapy in his every day work. He is the inventor of the Niel-Asher Technique™ (NAT) for treating frozen shoulder syndrome and was named by the Evening Standard newspaper as one of the top ten osteopaths in London. He is involved in treating, research, writing, and teaching throughout Europe, the Middle East and the USA.

Attend Simeon’s workshop, Treating the shoulder with NAT at the 2015 FHT Training Congress on Sunday 6 September

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