Supraspinatus Tendinopathy

Supraspinatus muscle is important for full range of motion of the shoulder and is part of the rotary cuff muscle group.  Supraspinatus muscle has a strong tendon connected to the shoulder capsule.  With the assistance of other muscles, it helps you raise your arm to the sky, rotate your arm in and out and most importantly stops the shoulder bones from rubbing on each in movement.

When the tendon is injured the muscle can’t provide enough strength and support causing the shoulder bones to rub on each other.  This would be similar to repetitively walking around a corner and bumping into wall…after a while it hurts.

Injury Can Come From:

  • Individuals with jobs that require repetitive overhead motions.
  • Lifting heavy objects – such as carrying a suitcase
  • Sports involving throwing and overhead motions – swimmers, baseball players, tennis players
  • Weakening of rotary cuff muscles
  • Trauma


  • Difficulty lifting the arm to the side – especially at 15-20 degrees.
  • Pain can radiate into the shoulder and/or down arm
  • Pain with common activities, such as brushing hair, putting on a shirt, or reaching the arm over above shoulder height.

What is the acupuncture treatment process?

I approach treating your Supraspinatus Tendinopathy to your presentation, which involves:

  • Analyzing your posture.
  • Discussing potential lifestyle dynamics impacting the effected shoulder.
  • Muscle testing the supraspinatus and rotary cuff for weakness and pain.
  • Targeting effected muscles, releasing motor points, trigger points and relaxing the fascia.
  • Providing exercises for treatment between acupuncture sessions.

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