1: You have poor shoulder flexibility
Do you struggle reaching towards your cupboards? Do you have difficulty reaching behind your back? Do you have shoulder symptoms when trying to comb your hair?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have limited shoulder range of motion (also known as flexibility). Our shoulder joint is one of the most flexible joints in the body and when it isn’t moving correctly, you can experience considerable symptoms.
Unfortunately due to most of our daily routines we are sitting for longer periods of time compared to our ancestors. This can lead to muscles becoming accustomed to this sitting position. The problem lies when you then try to perform tasks that require a lot of flexibility, your body may not be able to tolerate what you are asking it to do.
It is important then to get correct exercise to improve your shoulder movement so that stiffness, aching and pain can be minimised.
2: You have poor shoulder strength
Do you struggle holding pans in the kitchen? Or do you simply feel your arms and shoulders are weak?
These may be signs you are lacking shoulder strength.
The shoulder itself moves in many planes which requires strength and stability. If over time you are developing muscle imbalances or weaknesses this can potentially lead you into pain.
At our clinic we measure each client’s strength with a medical device so that an accurate diagnosis can be made. If you haven’t been tested correctly for your strength, it may mean rehabilitation direction is lacking.
3: You are performing aggravating tasks
When you pick at a wound, this can delay it from healing quickly. In a similar fashion, if you perform repetitive movements that make your shoulder sore, it’s possible that your symptoms continue for a substantial period of time.
With physiotherapy we like to suggest modifications to make tasks easier or give clients exercises to make aggravating tasks more comfortable.
To help get your shoulder pain resolved, book in for gap free session. We are offering GAP FREE Shoulder Pain Assessments for the month of April.
If you don’t have private health insurance, we will discount the consult fee to 50% of the normal rate.