It’s spring time in most places in North America and for sure the weather will be good in going out with your running shoes. Go road bike, trekking in a trail or perhaps a short pick-up basketball or simply just taking your workout outside the four corners of your house. But if you haven’t been active over the cold season then take special attention to your muscles inactivity and don’t overwhelm it right away because you are just inviting injury to yourself. Pace your activity until your body is able to adapt back to it and you go from there, if not then you may end up using walk in showers due to injuries.
Anyway, I just want to share something that has been bothering me for a long time already. I have this nagging pain on my shoulders (but mostly on my right) that at some point it’s hard to raise my arms up in all direction. May it be front, back, side or even if I just want to touch my head. I have to use my other hand to assist it in a very slow manner.
A close friend of mine who is a physician assistant told me before that it might be my rotator cuff (group of muscles and tendons that stabilizes the shoulder). I could hear clicking sound when I move it back and forth (more audible on the right shoulder). I haven’t done any X-ray until now because the pain only come and goes when I overslept on one side. So just a few days ago, I stumble into an article at Men’s Health by Bill Phillips about the hidden cause of shoulder or arm pain. And it could be a pinched nerve considering that the nerve roots at the top of the spine supply motor and sensory function to the upper arm. So he offered a simple fix that to my surprise, the pain is gone right after I’ve done the simple solution.
Here’s the relief that I’ve been doing since I’ve learn it and you might want to try it too.
“As the pain lessens, stand with your hands interlaced behind your neck. Bend your neck back and squeeze your shoulder blades. Pause and return to the starting position. Work up to 10 reps. Once you’re pain-free, build neck strength by doing shrugs.”
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