It’s that time of year again when we have to put away the summer clothes and get our winter gear ready. Winter is an unavoidable part of life in Lincoln Park, Chicago and we greet it with mixed feelings. Our kids love to play in the fresh snow, but we, on the other hand, find it a chore to shovel ourselves out after every storm. One of the main reasons that we dislike shoveling so much is the pain that comes with it, especially the deep ache in our shoulders. At times this pain can become so severe that we miss time at work. So how do we avoid injuring our shoulder every time we shovel?
Stretch your shoulders before shoveling
The shoulder is made up of joints, tendons, and muscles that work together to allow a wide range of motion for your arm. They become susceptible to injury if you overwork them or perform a difficult, heavy task such as shoveling snow. Warming your shoulder muscles and stretching them prior to shoveling will help reduce the chances of injuring yourself, but if there is a pre-existing injury you will likely cause more damage. The most common form of pre existing condition is osteoarthritis, commonly known as wear and tear arthritis, which usually develops in middle age and if left untreated, will get progressively worse over time. Dr. Valentino Botti from the Botti Chiropractic and Wellness center is an expert at diagnosing the cause of your pain, and treating it appropriately.
Avoiding the stressful activity is great advice
As we age our body doesn’t perform as well as it used to, so it becomes necessary to adjust our activities to decrease the stress on our shoulder area. It’s great advice to limit our exposure to the physical stresses early on in our life so that we can enjoy the benefits of healthy shoulders as we age. At Botti Chiropractic & Wellness Center we believe in a healthy pain free future for all our patients. We provide strengthening, stretching and massage therapies that are proven to be effective for a wide range of shoulder ailments. We will also provide you expert advice for helping you improve your physical activities so that you limit your exposure to stress.
Perhaps the time has arrived for you to hand your snow shovel off to a younger generation, so they too can experience the magic of shoveling snow.
Here are some additional activities that can lead to shoulder pain.
- Improper sleeping position with stress placed on your shoulder area
- Repetitive motion such as practicing your golf swing
- Carrying objects that are too heavy
- Impact injury from playing contact sports such as hockey
To help improve the range of motion in your shoulder, and to diminish the severity of your shoulder pain contact the experts at Botti Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Lincoln Park, Chicago today to schedule a consultation