When we’re having shoulder pain that just won’t go away, then chances are we’re doing one or maybe all three of these movements.
These three movements, irritate the shoulder much like picking a scab prevents a wound from healing.
My name is Doctor Chris from Cameron Family Chiropractic, and over the last 20 plus years. I’ve had the privilege of helping more than 8,500 people kiss goodbye to the neck, back, and even shoulder pain. The first movement that we’re gonna talk about today that irritates the shoulder is our sleeping position.
Now, most of my patients, know not to sleep on their sore shoulder, but even when not sleeping on it, you need to be aware of the shoulder position. Allowing your shoulder to roll forward can irritate the already inflamed muscles and joints of the shoulder. So either be sure to be sleeping on your back or if you’re not a back sleeper, then make sure you’re sleeping on your side in a neutral position so that your shoulder doesn’t roll forward.
The second irritating factor that is very common, especially in desk workers, is we need to be aware of how our desk is set up. When considering desk setup, here are some things for you to keep in mind.
Your feet should be planted firmly and flat on the floor or the ground or a stable footrest.
Second, thighs should be parallel to the ground, or maybe just have the hips a little bit higher than your knees. Your lower back should be supported by a small pillow or a cushion. Elbows should be supported on the desk and close to your body. Wrists and your forearms should be close to your shoulders, and the shoulders should be relaxed. If you’re using a mouse, well, on the side of the shoulder that is sore, then consider swapping sides. You might be surprised just how quickly you can learn this new maneuver, and not only is it good for your shoulder recovery, it’s very good for your brain as well.
The third aggravating factor is prolonged periods of using our phones. Prolonged periods of staring at a phone create a rounded, hunched shoulder position. This often underpins almost all shoulder problems. This postural problem is incredibly common because of the increased amount of time that we spend working on our mobile devices.
Now stopping, or at very least decreasing one, or hopefully, all three of these irritating factors will give your shoulders the best opportunity to heal.