Stop Shoulder Pain Naturally: Symptoms, Causes, Healing Cycle & Treatment

What is shoulder pain? 

Shoulder pain is among the common orthopedic complaints, which are caused by different etiological factors. The prevalence of shoulder pain can be attributed to the anatomy of the shoulder, as it contains many muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, and fluid-filled sacs. The onset of shoulder pain usually occurs beneath the acromion, which is often associated with shoulder impingement. In approximately 70% of individuals who report shoulder pain, it is subacromial in origin. [1] The following sections discuss the causes, risk factors, symptoms, ineffective treatments, and effective ASTR-based therapeutic measures for shoulder pain. 

Causes and Risk of Shoulder Pain 

The etiological and risk factors underlying shoulder pain are as follows. [1]

  1. Bursitis 
  2. Tendonitis 
  3. Frozen shoulder
  4. Sprain or strain 
  5. Rotator cuff injury
  6. Arthritis 
  7. Impingement 
  8. Dislocation 
  9. Fracture 
  10. Diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, gout, thyroid disease, diabetes)
  11. Occupational risk (heavy lifting) 
  12. Repetitive overhead motion
  13. Sports (baseball, swimming, tennis, and golf)
  14. Falling
  15. Direct blow to the shoulder
  16. Calcium deposits in shoulder tendons 

Symptoms of Shoulder Pain

The symptoms of shoulder pain are enlisted as follows. [1] 

  1. Pain with overhead movement
  2. Pain with the lifting of the arm
  3. Tenderness in the anterior aspect of the shoulder
  4. Pain when lying on the affected side 
  5. Weakness of the shoulder and arm
  6. Stiffness of the shoulder and arm 

Natural Wound Healing Cycle 

The normal wound healing cycle comprises hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and maturation stages. It is important for these stages to progress in a sequential manner to promote normal and healthy recovery. The stages of the wound healing cycle are discussed as follows. [2]

  1. Vasoconstriction occurs during the hemostasis stage of the wound-healing cycle. Platelets undergo aggregation and degranulation, which is followed by fibrin formation, resulting in the formation of a blood clot or thrombus. 
  2. Inflammation is the second phase of the wound healing cycle. In inflammation, neutrophils, lymphocytes, and monocytes reach the site of injury. Monocytes differentiate into macrophages. The main signs of this stage of the wound healing cycle are pain, swelling, increased temperature, redness, and loss of function in the injured area, in this case, the shoulder. 
  3. The proliferative phase is the third phase of the wound healing process. During proliferation, angiogenesis or blood vessel formation, re-epithelialization of the wound site, extracellular matrix formation, and collagen synthesis occur at injured sites. This is the proliferative phase where trigger points and scar tissue form and muscle spasms and fascial restrictions occur.
  4. The maturation or remodeling phase is the final phase of wound healing. During this phase, blood vessels mature and degenerate, and collagen is remodeled.

Chronic and non-healing wounds are characterized by disruption of the wound-healing cycle. Chronic wounds are the ones that take longer than 12 weeks to heal. Increased levels of oxidative stress and inflammation in chronic wounds lead to the induction of senescent cells. In chronic wounds, the wound healing cycle oscillates between phases of inflammation and regression, where resolution is not achieved. [3] 

Ineffective Treatment for shoulder pain 

Following treatment measures, despite being presumed useful, tend to be ineffective in alleviating shoulder pain. 

  1. Application of heat and ice
  2. Electrical stimulation of the site of shoulder pain
  3. Use of foam roller and massaging on the site of shoulder pain
  4. Stretching of the shoulder 
  5. Dry needling 
  6. Mobilization of the shoulder
  7. Strength exercises during the inflammatory stage of the wound healing cycle 

Effective Treatment Measures for Shoulder Pain

Following are some effective treatment measures that provide natural relief from shoulder pain. 

  1. Resolution of the inflammation stage of the wound healing cycle can be achieved by the following measures. 

    1. The patient should take adequate rest to promote recovery from shoulder pain. 
    2. MagnaHeal device can also be used for alleviating shoulder pain. Based on the intensity of pain, the patient can choose MagnaHeal 1 or MagnaHeal 2, with a magnetic force length of two and three inches, respectively. MagnaHeal Pro is another addition to the list, which has a magnetic force length of 4.5 inches and a treatment area of 8 inches. All of the MagnaHeal devices are coated with anti-inflammatory substances. These devices employ magnetic fields to promote wound healing by stimulating the formation of proteoglycans, collagen, and blood vessels or angiogenesis in the area of the wound. [4]
    3. Individuals with shoulder pain shall consume an anti-inflammatory diet so as to promote resolution of the inflammatory stage of the healing cycle. One shall avoid the intake of refined grains, processed meat, sugary foods, and other dietary constituents that contain pro-inflammatory mediators. An anti-inflammatory diet is comprised of unsaturated fats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fish. [5] 
    4. Shoulder pain can also be alleviated by consuming anti-inflammatory dietary supplements that compensate for the nutrient deficiencies in the human body. 
  2. Resolution of the proliferation stage of the wound healing cycle can be achieved by the following measures. 

    1. A1 Tool is useful for releasing both superficial and deep fascia restrictions. 
    2. A3 Tool is useful for releasing superficial scar tissue and superficial muscle trigger points. 
    3. A5 Tool is useful for releasing deeper scar tissues, deeper muscle trigger points, and endomysium, epimysium, and perimysium fascia restrictions.
  3. Another important strategy to reduce shoulder pain is to stop repetitive movements at the shoulder joint, which may otherwise cause bursitis and aggravate shoulder pain. 


ASTR offers a comprehensive treatment approach to recovery from shoulder pain, which is a commonly reported orthopedic problem. Shoulder pain stems from a number of causes, including occupational repetitive activities at the shoulder joint and different sports. Resolution of shoulder pain is largely based on the resolution of the two stages of the wound healing cycle – inflammation and proliferation, in order to achieve maturation of the wound. Important ASTR tools include A1, A3, and A5 for releasing fascia restrictions, muscle trigger points, and scar tissue. MagnaHeal devices (MagnaHeal 1, MagnaHeal 2, and MagnaHeal Pro) along with anti-inflammatory supplements offered by ASTR can be used for the resolution of inflammation stage of the healing cycle.  


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