The Rotator cuff is a group of muscles and their tendons which act to stabilise the shoulder. The four muscles of the rotator cuff are over half of the seven scapulohumeral muscles. The four muscles are the supraspinatus muscle, the infraspinatus muscle, teres minor muscle, and the subscapularis muscle.
The tendons at the end of the rotator cuff can become torn. This can happen through trauma or it can occur through ‘wear and tear’.
The symptoms of trauma or tear to the rotator cuff are :
– Dull ache deep in the shoulder
– Sleep disturbance due to pain and disconfort
– Limited movement
– Weakness of the arm
Mostly rotator cuff disorder is caused by physical or sporting activities. Other cause of rotator cuff disorder are :
– Accidents that involve the shoulder
– Heavy lifting
Related Acupuncture Points :
SI 9, 10, 11, 12, and SJ 14,15. LI 15, and 16.
Acupuncture Treatment For Rotator Cuff
Rotator cuff is an injury to the shoulder muscle and acupuncture is believed to be an effective treatment. Treatment for this disorder consist of 12 treatments for six weeks. Acupoints selected for this treatment consist of local and distal acupoints. Local acupoints chosen for this treatment are Jianyu (LI 15), Jianliao (TE 14), Jianzhen (SI 9), Binao (LI 14), while the distal acupoint is ST38. The needle stays at its place for around 20 minutes. Stimulation are given to the acupoints by manual stimulation until sensation of de qi is obtained.
- Rotator cuff – Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotator_cuff
- Overview – Rotator cuff injury – Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rotator-cuff-injury/symptoms-causes/dxc-20126923
- Rotator Cuff Tears and Injuries – WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/rotator-cuff-tear#1
- Acupuncture at local and distal points for chronic shoulder pain: study, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4012183/