Shoulder Pain | Stretches and exercises you can do to soothe
Try Dr. Greg Sher’s sequence of exercises to relieve your shoulder discomfort
Your shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in your body. It has such a wide range of motion at the expense of stability. Aside from some ligaments and the labrum (the cartilage in your joint), the stability of the shoulder comes from your rotator cuff – four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Dysfunction or injury to any of these structures can cause shoulder pain.
Shoulder pain can occur from falls, accidents, joint overuse, arthritis or referral pain. Overuse can be caused by sports like swimming, tennis, baseball or volleyball; or chores like brushing your hair, reaching for a high shelf, vacuuming or bed-making. Referral pain from neck and mid-back issues can create discomfort in your shoulder too. In a nutshell, rotator cuff injuries are common and can really impact your comfort as you complete your everyday activities. Here’s how you can find some temporary relief.
Stretches to relieve shoulder pain
Stretching regularly is an important tool that you can use to reduce or self-manage discomfort. Here, Dr. Greg Sher demonstrates a series of exercises you can do to relieve shoulder pain:
Shoulder pain prevention
If you have been susceptible to shoulder pain in the past, you can reduce your risk of triggering an injury by:
Practicing good posture throughout your day
Following proper technique
When you’re reaching for something high, use a stool. If you need to lift a heavy item, remember to squat by bending your knees and hips only; and lift using your legs (not your back).
It’s important that you keep your body mobile throughout the day. So, if you’ve been sitting for a long stretch – stand. If you’ve been standing for an extended period – find a spot to rest.
Check-in on your neck and back
Spinal issues can play a huge role in your shoulder function. As pain is one of the last signals your body uses to report its out of alignment, a regular check-in with your chiropractor can assist you to proactively manage your health. A healthy spine helps prevent minor aches and pains develop into major points of discomfort.
At Sydney Spine and Sports Clinic, we put you first. We believe in offering chiropractic care that enables you to make informed and educated choices about your health. If you are suffering pain and would like to talk to us about how we can help you get mobile and active again – get in touch right here.