Mouse shoulder is a modern term which refers to a specific collection of neck and shoulder symptoms and pain. It is recognisable as being specific to people who use computers for long periods of time.
How can massage help those who suffer with mouse shoulder?
It is often experienced as a ‘burning’ or ‘deep aching’ pain over one side of the neck, spreading into the shoulder. This feeling is often connected to repetitive mouse use, so it is a form of a repetitive injury.
Mouse shoulder can take months, even years to develop, but once established it can be debilitating for people needing to use computers.
The Cause: The shoulder is a complex structure and the muscles like to work in balance. If one set of muscles are over-used, they become tense. If another set of muscles are under-used, they become weak.
The shoulder and shoulder blade attach to the body by various muscles that have their origins into the base of the skull, the neck, the ribcage and the vertebrae. Using a mouse causes some muscles to repetitively contract as the muscles support the outstretched arm. This continuous action causes the issue.
What can you do to help?
Technical: Modify the way you use a mouse if possible. Look to either become more ambidextrous and/or change the mouse to a trackball or marble mouse and bring it closer to you.
Lifestyle: Remember repetitive strain means that it’s a good idea to stop being repetitive and mix things up. So it’s a good idea to add as much variety as you can to your desk practise, and find exercises to develop the weak shoulder muscles. This it turn will help provide more balance to the shoulder girdle. Racket sports, swimming, and targeted weights exercises are all good.
Massage: For September only, we are giving a special discount of £10 off a neck, shoulder and back massage. Our highly trained therapeutic massage therapists can help reduce the pain and relieve the muscle spasm. We know that massage helps relieve tension in shoulders and reduces shoulder pain that arises from muscle overuse by using specific muscle trigger points. We also know that massage improves flexibility as it decreases tension in the muscles. Therefore leading to a reduction in repetitive injury pain as movement comes back to the shoulder. Research also shows that massage therapy increases the blood flow and circulation, which brings needed nutrition to muscles and tissues. This also aids in recovery of muscle soreness from soft tissue injury caused by repetitive strain.