Most of us take our shoulders for granted when they’re in a happy place and moving freely. Most of us have also had a shoulder issue at least once in our lives.
Shoulder pain can interrupt sleep, limit our everyday activities, get on our nerves & wear us down. Impingement in the shoulder girdle can also cause headaches and lead to more serious issues such as frozen shoulder, bursitis or rotator cuff injury.
Reducing the 'scare' factor of a shoulder injury
Sleepless nights and ferocious pain can sometimes be alarming. The good news is there are effective ways to address underlying shoulder problems leading to relief from pain and freedom to move again.
Celebrate the shoulder - it’s a heavy lifter!
The shoulder joint is the only joint in our body designed to move in every direction. Think about this for a minute – in everyday movements our shoulder moves forward, upward and backwards.
To enable the shoulder to move in all directions, the ligaments that hold the upper arm bone (humerus) in the shoulder socket are relatively loose - they’re not doing much stabilizing.
So what’s stabilizing the shoulder joint if the ligaments aren’t? You’ve probably heard the term “rotator cuff”. This refers to four muscles attaching from the shoulder blade to the upper arm bone (humerus). They surround the upper arm bone like a sleeve or ‘cuff’. These muscles are designed to relax so the shoulder can move freely in all directions, they're also designed to contract when needed, to stabilize the shoulder.
Director at The Healing Switch. Fully qualified Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner, Ka Huna masseuse and Yoga Teacher. She is registered with Ortho-Bionomy Australia Ltd and a Board Director on the OBA Ltd Board of Directors.