Shoulder Girdle Assessment Strategies Again

When it comes to assessing the shoulder girdle we need to look at a number of key components, these being local biomechanics (range of motion/flexibility/mobility), isolated and integrated strength (specific muscles and movement patterns) and stability and control.

We also need to take this another step further to screen the cervical spine, tmj, distal upper limb structures such as the elbow, wrist and hand as well as the thoracic, lumbar spine and further afield from the pelvis down.

All of this is usuallly undertaken in our hour long initial consult that also includes a detailed case history as well as discussion around current limitations, aggravation/maintaining factors and goals.

Following all of this we usually start with a multi mode approach to treatment and management that can include manual therapy, ergonomic advice, self managed or guided exercise rehab and strength and conditioning.

This article was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.  Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading osteopathy clinics. We are located on Level 4 of 178 Collins St (within Pleasance House) alongside Optimal Health Exercise Physiology.  We have a fully equipped strength and conditioning exercise rehab space with osteopathic consult rooms.  Our team of osteopaths have an interest in manual therapy, strength and conditioning, exercise rehabilitation and ergonomics.  Read more about our team here.  Book an appointment online here or call us on 0396709290 to arrange an appointment.

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Getting to Principle Four Osteopathy – 4/178 Collins St Melbourne CBD

Trams – Trams run straight out the front of us, with the closest stop at Swantston st and Collins St.  

Trains – We are a short 5 minute walk from Flinders St Station, Parliament and Melbourne Central train station.

Parking – off street parking is available on Little Collins St, Russell St and in the many parking businesses (Wilsons parking) nearby.