The Rotator Cuff (RC) is a group of muscles and tendons that hold your shoulder joint together and help it to move. The tendons provide stability at the shoulder joint by attaching the upper arm to the scapula and the muscles allow the shoulder to rotate.
Injury can occur from a fall on to an outstretched arm, lifting heavy objects or repetitive overhead movements in sports or manual labour.
The shoulder and arm may become painful, weak and you may lose range of shoulder motion, especially in the overhead position.
If you think you have damaged your RC, you should see a physician for an assessment, to determine the extent of the injury and what treatment you would benefit from.
The tendons or muscles could be fully torn, partially torn or inflamed. If the tear is minor, it can heal by itself, but to help ensure good recovery you should follow a treatment plan, including ICE initially, gentle ROM exercises and work on keeping good postural alignment.
Avoid aggravating movements initially, once the pain has gone you should then commence a gradual strengthening program.
Massage will aid your recovery by breaking down scar tissue and adhesions, help to keep your shoulder in good alignment, reduce areas of tension and pain and help ROM at the shoulder joint.
You can also assist yourself with self-massage techniques using tennis or spikey balls or a foam roller.