The shoulder is fascinatingly complex, but as a result it is also extremely injury prone. We can however further open ourselves up to problems through poor use in our daily lives.
So why is the shoulder so prone to issues?
The shoulder girdle consists of 5 joints and umpteen muscles. In order for this region to work effceiently there needs to be good coordintaion of movement between all the joints as well as appropriate soft tissue pliability. Even a small distruption in any of the above can result in pain and potential injury.
Some common risk factors include:
- Regularly sitting for prolonged periods
- Typing on a smartphone, laptop or tablet with your head dropped down
- Doing the same few repetitive motions (for example, carrying a bag on the same shoulder all the time) over and over again.
- Only training or using your shoulder within a certain range leaving a huge expanse of soft tissue unworked
- Shoulder injuries that have not been fully rehabbed
Signs that all may not be well:
- Pain in and around the top of your shoulder potentially travelling into the arm
- Pain/stiffness in your neck
- Pain/stiffness in your middle back
- Reduced strength, especially over your head
- Clicking, grating or catching of the shoulder
So what can we do to help?
Working for shoulder strength is key but it is equally as essential to get all of the muscles, joints and ligaments, that run through the shoulder girdle, mobile and organized properly so that each part is working at the right time. Here at the clinic we tend to use a combintaion of manual therapy, massage and specific targetted exercises to get your shoulder back on track and as strong as possible.
So the moral of the story? Don’t suffer in silence! At IFC our highly experienced team of qualified sports and physiotherapists have extensive experience in evaluating your muscle, joints and movement patterns. They have worked with a variety of people both to prevent and treat injuries, with great results.