Shoulder conditions are one of the most common ailments we see in our office. There are a variety of reasons a shoulder can become painful, whether it’s arthritis (wear and tear injury), strains, sprains, direct injuries, tendinitis, bursitis, or a combination of different conditions. It’s important to have a proper evaluation for shoulder pain, including a chiropractic or orthopedic examination, and potentially x-rays or an MRI. Many people benefit from shoulder stretches regardless of the diagnosis, however, consult your doctor or call us for an evaluation before starting these stretches.
This stretch is great for the front and top of the shoulder. As you reach behind you with the unaffected arm, grab the other with your hand and pull down (see blue arrow). Hold for 20 seconds.
The deltoid is the major shoulder muscle that covers a large area around the shoulder. Start by reaching across your body with the affected shoulder, then use the opposite forearm to increase the stretch. Hold for 20 seconds.
This stretch works on the pectoralis major and minor, the two large muscles connecting the shoulder to the chest. This stretch is done in a doorway as shown below. Again, hold for 20 seconds.
If you would like an evaluation of your shoulder please don’t hesitate to call your Loveland chiropractor, Dr. Kauffman, at 513-444-4529.