The shoulder is an interesting joint because it has such a broad, unrestricted range of motion. Because of its versatility, this mobile joint may become compromised by extreme ranges of motion. There are few movements or arm positions that are potentially dangerous if you have a preexisting shoulder problem. In fact, there are three particular positions or movements to avoid if you have had a previous shoulder condition.
• Working for prolonged periods with your arms overhead
• Reaching behind your body to lift an object
• Sleeping with your arms overhead
Let’s take a look at each of these potentially injurious shoulder motions.
WORKING WITH YOUR ARMS OVERHEAD
Working with your arms overhead for short periods is generally acceptable; however, when you must work with your arms overhead for prolonged periods of time it may cause great stress and strain to the muscles, nerves, and blood vessels in the shoulder region.
When this happens you may experience symptoms of numbness and tingle in your hands.
REACHING BEHIND YOUR BODY TO LIFT AN OBJECT
Have you ever reached behind your car seat to pick something up while you were sitting in the front seat? This type of motion compromises the shoulder joint and can lead to injury. If you’ve ever injured your rotator cuff, this motion may be exceptionally dangerous and should be avoided.
SLEEPING WITH YOUR ARMS OVERHEAD
When you sleep in this position it’s not uncommon to develop tingling or numbness sensations in your hands. This is very similar to working with your arms overhead. The only difference is that while sleeping with your arms overhead, your shoulders may remain in that compromising position for several hours.
The healthiest position for your shoulders is to remain in a neutral and relaxed posture and range of motion with whatever activity you are participating in. If you must place your shoulders and arms in an awkward position, be sure to limit the time and amount of strain you exert on your shoulders while in that compromising position.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR SHOULDER INJURIES
Our practice has a great record of success when it comes to treating shoulder conditions. Chiropractic adjustments to the shoulder joint and spine can relieve stress and strain from stretched, irritated, or torn shoulder muscles and ligaments. Whether you’ve had a rotator cuff injury or just a simple shoulder pain or strain, you should consider coming in for a shoulder adjustment.
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