- Shoulder Impingement
- Back and Shoulder Pain
- Shoulder Blade Pain
- Shoulder Pain Exercises
Do you spend hours sitting at a desk or computer? Perhaps you’re studying or perhaps you’ve done all the study and are now reaping the benefits.
The most common problem we see for those attached to computers and workstations are shoulder pains or stiff and sore shoulders, created by shoulder impingement syndromes.
So just what is Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?
This collection of shoulder aches and pains occur when chronic postural positions cause a squashing of the soft tissues passing through the shoulder joint. Typically the space between the top of the upper arm bone(humerus) and the tip of the collar bone gets reduced and compression of nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons results(see arrow). Posture related impingements can produce right shoulder pain or left shoulder pain but, in my experience, seem to have a slight bias towards the non-dominant hand.
Shortening of the chest muscles attaching to the upper arm almost always occurs in shoulder impingement. The chest muscles attach to the front of the upper arm bone along the edge of a groove that holds the biceps tendon. This often produces arm pain that radiates as far as the hand and fingers
Back and Shoulder pain
Rolling forward of the shoulders often leads to shoulder blade pain as the muscles attached to it try to compensate for the tighter shortened chest muscles. Two of these muscles make up part of the “rotator cuff” and may create referred pain to the forearms and hands as well. For some people this is the first sign of a shoulder problem. However, addressing this area alone often means solving the effect but not the cause.
5 Ways to Beat the Problem
Don’t be too surprised but Granny was right! Posture is critical to your health and wellbeing. It determines not only your comfort but how active your brain is, and your risk of chronic injury.
- Shoulder pain exercises– beat the rolled forward shoulders and the cause of the problem by stretching out the front of the chest. That’s the pectoral muscles.
- Watch Your Posture– Sit upright, get your screen higher and use the lumbar support in your chair. This attacks the cause of many shoulder pains.
- Get Up and Move– The body needs movement as a nutrient. Walk to the printer, photocopier or get some water and do it regularly.
- Activate back muscles– Do activities away from your desk that use the muscle on the back of the body. Pulling actions, backstroke, rowing, paddling or specific gym exercises.
- Spinal power exercise– this one activates all the muscles on the back, neck and gluteal regions. Great for shoulder neck pain. Come and see us for a demo.
Be proactive and make your office, desk and study easier.
For some people the shoulder may need adjusting to have the arm sit lower in the joint, activate muscle relaxation reflexes, loosen adhesions and free nerves. That’s where we can help. So if you want that shoulder back on track faster call us on 9949 3800.
Dr. Andrew Iggo is in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Working from state of the art premises in Fairlight, his focus is on providing not only relief from pain, but correction of function and the provision of wellness care for families and individuals. With a young family of his own comes an natural inclination toward the care of kids and Mums-to-be. A strong sports and dance background also give him a unique perspective on performance enhancement an injury recovery. We are sure you’ll be in great hands.