Thanksgiving dinner went off without a hitch. Well, almost. Our garborator seemed to stop working. We could hear the power going to it, but it would not churn the debris. Stuck! Problem is that we never use the garborator, we compost. And as a result, having not turned on the thing in months, it stuck, rusted, failed to move. With a big screwdriver and a lot of force I managed to unstick the insides, and once again it worked. So what does this have to do with your shoulder? When we start to experience pain, it’s our natural body’s reaction to decrease the movement of it, to protect the part that hurts. If we don’t move it, we don’t feel it! But as my garborator, if not moved after so long that part will no longer move. Frozen shoulder! Yikes!
Have a look at the clip below. Before playing the very short video what do you notice? Look at the cart. Does it look OK? Look at the wheels, how do they look. They seem fine, where they should be and in alignment. Now play the clip.
Did you see the difference. It’s one thing to look at a part when it is stationary, but it tells a bigger story when we put the part into movement. The biggest problem I see with new patients that come in for treatment, who have been seen by many practitioners prior, is that no one has taken the time to look at how they move their sore shoulder, their gait, if you will. A standing posture does not tell the whole story (as the still cart). If I treat a patient and send them out the door of my office, and then proceed to walk down the hall and out to the street swinging their arm in a “wobbly” fashion as the cart wheel, then all therapy is for not. It is a dis-service to think that swinging (or not swinging) your arm in a dysfunctional pattern 1500 times a day will not have some negative affect on your shoulder.
Last week I talked about the stretches to do for your shoulder (What’s Happening to our Shoulders?) Perform these first. This week I encourage you to come in a have your gait looked at. It might be the one thing that’s inhibiting your healing process. I only hope the Egyptian got to his destination!
Next week we will look at strengthening our shoulders.
Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist