Treatment for Arm Pain

The arm is a common pain site because of its complex joints. Tendonitis and nerve irritation are the common causes of pain in the arm. These conditions are mostly caused by certain work habits, spinal posture and physical activities. However, arm conditions can be treated by Osteopaths and Physiotherapists.

Where is the arm located in the body?

The arm is the upper limb between the shoulder joint and hand. It is divided into the upper arm – the shoulder to the elbow – and the forearm – the elbow to the hand.

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What are the Osteopathy Techniques for Treating Arm Conditions?

Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques

This technique is a hands-on procedure. It focuses on moving joints and muscles using techniques such as resistance, gentle pressure and stretching.

Muscle Energy Technique

The purpose of muscle energy technique (MET) is to restore motion. It involves patients engaging in specific restricted motions, moving the affected area repeatedly in a specific direction. This technique requires the patient’s participation in contrast to force applied by the osteopath.


Compared to MET, counterstrain is a passive hands-on procedure. It involves the osteopath identifying the tender point and repositioning the body.

Frozen Shoulder

This is the inability to move the shoulder in different directions. This condition is highly uncomfortable, and occurs mostly at night.

Symptoms may include stiffness in the shoulder. It starts gradually and then worsens over time. This condition may be caused by a shoulder injury or may develop for no reason. If untreated, this condition may linger for years.

Biceps Tendinopathy

Biceps Tendinopathy is caused by the overuse of the upper arm. It is the tenderness and pain in the musculotendinous junction of the upper arm. Symptoms include pins and needles, muscle spasms, reduced movement and stiffness.

If diagnosed and treated early, Biceps Tendinopathy does not have a long-term effect. But if left unattended to, it can lead to prolonged pain.

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