Shoulder pain and 1 reason it will never stop
So you might manage your shoulder pain well. You could even be working hard in the gym again. Everything is almost as it was before you hurt your shoulder, when all of a sudden you wake up one morning and there it is, the darn pain you have been experiencing has made its appearance again.
The shoulder is a complex joint and a lot of factors go into play when managing and ‘fixing’ your shoulder. This simple tip can be a game changer for a lot of people – and it’s super easy to start implementing in your day to day life, immediately.
So, without further ado:
STOP SLEEPING ON YOUR SIDE! Your injured side, that is.
Can you see why this might not be the best process for healing?
Putting your body weight on an injured joint for 8 hours in an unnatural position and expecting it to function pain free the rest of the day?
This reason alone should make enough sense.
Let’s look at it from a posture point-of-view.
You’re sitting at your desk 10 hours of the day in a kyphotic (hunchback) posture with shoulders rolled forward, resulting in very tight anterior muscles (Pectoral muscles) – which pulls your humerus head (shoulder joint) forward which then creates LESS space for optimal and pain free movement in the joint itself.
Now, you might even try to be aware of your posture during the day and combat the effects on your health and quality of movement. But now you are sleeping on this achy joint with your shoulder underneath all your body weight compressed in the same or worse protracted position for the most part of the night – much the same as the position of a person sitting at their desk with shoulders rolled forward. Dr Perry Nickelston talks about the same postural issue here.
Just imagine you were sitting with bad posture (protracted shoulders) for 20 hours a day – of course your shoulder is going to hurt, and 10 minutes of chest stretching is not going to correct anything compared to the time spent in this dysfunctional position.
Lie on your back instead, or if you must, sleep on your uninjured side until the transition to sleeping on your back has become easier.
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If you don’t sleep well, turning from side to side as you struggle to find rest, give this article a read for a better night’s sleep.