Stretching and Exercise for the Shoulders

The shoulders enlist a variety of components that work together to keep everything in place and functioning as designed.  They have several key operations in the human body, including stabilizing and holding the arms in place and allowing the arms to move up and down, side to side and in circular patterns.  In addition, they also serve as levers, enabling one to lift things.  

So what is the shoulder composed of?  

The shoulder joint is made up of three bones—the clavicle (collar bone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone)

These three segments are joined by three collective links: 

The shoulder also contains various ligaments, tendons and muscles.  All of these work together to help with mobility and play a role in virtually all upper body movements.  If pieces begin to malfunction, then the vast majority of the mid-to-upper torso may be impacted negatively.  This can lead to all types of dysfunction and issues.  Some of the more common issues include…

Since the shoulders are involved in so many important activities and bodily movements, it is crucial that we take steps to support their range of motion and overall well-being.

Stretching and Strengthening Exercises and PEMF 

Two excellent supportive habits that may help keep the shoulders in good working order are stretching and the use of PEMF.  According to this article, “stretches work on improving flexibility and relieving tension in your shoulders, reducing pain and restoring normalcy.”  There are many exercises that can be useful in supporting the shoulders. However, you should consult your licensed healthcare provider or physical therapist to discuss which exercises will achieve the best results for you.  

While PEMF is not a treatment for any shoulder pains or ailments, it does address underlying cellular dysfunction to support the body’s natural ability to regulate itself.  

Below are positions that will deliver PEMF to the shoulders and the surrounding area.

PEMF positions: 

Paddles split on the shoulder.

Paddles split on upper center of chest and upper back.

Paddles stacked under neck/shoulder.

Square Pad underneath upper back/shoulders.

PEMF will not treat or address any conditions but merely supplies the body with energy needed to address bodily dysfunction at the cellular level. It is always best to consult your licensed healthcare provider if you are suffering from pain or illness.  

In conclusion, the shoulder is vital in so many functions of the upper body.  Keeping it healthy and operating at a high level may help to preserve its ability to carry out more complicated physical activities.  Pulsing and stretching may be beneficial tools that the body can use to improve flexibility and maintain and restore more optimal function.  PEMF is a meaningful addition to your general wellness regimen.

Resources:

Symptoms of Shoulder Pain.  Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/shoulder-pain/basics/causes/sym-20050696

Shoulder Problems: Causes & Diagnosis.  Carol Eustice.  2019. https://www.verywellhealth.com/shoulder-problems-190382

Shoulder Physical Therapy – 5 Stretches To Relieve Pain. June 2018. https://www.movementforlife.com/blog/shoulder-physical-therapy.php

35 Physical Therapy Exercises for Shoulder Pain.  Vkool. https://vkool.com/physical-therapy-exercises-for-shoulder/

PEMF – Its Correlation to Enhanced Energy, Endurance and Performance Tad Kolterman1, Brittany P Lassiter1, Maisoun Bani Hani2, Nicola Lai2 & Stephen J Beebe1

1Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

2Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Teach Me Anatomy.  The Sternoclavicular Joint.  https://teachmeanatomy.info/upper-limb/joints/sternoclavicular/

Muscles.  Healthline.com. https://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/shoulder-muscles#1

Anatomy and Function of the Shoulder. Smith Nephew.  https://www.smith-nephew.com/patient/treatments/shoulder-procedures/anatomy-and-function-of-the-shoulder/

Muscles, Bones, and Joints Working as Levers – Kinesiology.  Stonington Public Schools. https://sites.google.com/a/stoningtonschools.org/peshsexam2/muscles-bones-and-joints-working-as-levers

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