Your shoulder is an intricate joint consisting of many muscles, tendons and various bones. These elements must work together in a cohesive manner in order to provide the various range of motion in your shoulder. This is why a small injury to the shoulder can lead to many symptoms and contributes to an overall lack of function.
Most common physiotherapy related shoulder injury would be the tendons around the shoulder known as the rotator cuff tendon. Our rotator cuff tendons are a group of muscle tendons that rotates and stabilizes our shoulder bone with the rest of our body. They are small muscles that must work in conjunction with one another in order to provide smooth gliding motion in the shoulder.
Injury to the rotator cuff can be of a wide range (See list below with more severe condition at the bottom):
Rotator cuff Impingement
Rotator cuff Tendonitis
Rotator cuff Tears
Depending on various level of inflammation, stress, wear and tear to the tendons, your condition can be potentially residing in different categories. An impingement would be considered a mild injury, where the tendon gets sporadically irritated with a pinch from certain motions. As the case gets more severe, the ongoing stress on the shoulder tendon is too much that it starts tearing apart.
With a proper physiotherapy assessment at Amberlea Physiotherapy, the state of your rotator cuff injury can be determined properly. A proper diagnosis of the shoulder will allow us to put a stop in any progressive worsening of the current symptoms and provide much needed physiotherapy treatment for proper rehab.
With different type of stress that we experience day to day, dealing with stress results in various negative effects on our body. When we experience stress, our body automatically triggers the sympathetic system which puts us into the “fight or flight” response. In simple terms, we prepare our body to be in a constant state of guardedness and alertness to deal with anything that comes our way. We would naturally tense up our muscles, take quicker breaths and get our heart pumping faster. This method of dealing with stress is quite appropriate during the hunter and gatherer society, where stress is conceived to be a potential physical attack to our body. We would then be potentially involved in rigorous physical activities to defend ourselves.
However in our current society, stress can originate from a mental source rather than a physical source. As well, these types of stress can linger for much longer which puts us in a chronic stress situation. Ongoing tight muscle creates tension headaches and migraines, as well as neck and shoulder pain. We also start to adopt poor posture as a result of increase tension, which would lead to various over used muscles and tendons plus stiff joints.
With that said, it is very important we pay attention to the signals in our body. Our thoughts, feelings and our attitudes towards day to day activities affect much of the outcome. As well there are many different ways to overcome stress and don’t forget to check out part 2 of this blog for stress management strategies.