Your shoulders are important joints in your body that are used for a variety of activities. You probably don’t think about your shoulders much until they hurt, but you don’t need to wait for that to happen to think about preventing shoulder pain.
Whether you have a history of shoulder injuries or are looking for ways to prevent future pain, the following tips for preventing shoulder pain can help you. Please note that not all injuries or pain can be avoided, but if you follow these tips, you may greatly reduce your chance of injury.
1.Eat well and stay fit to help prevent shoulder pain.
Many people think of diet and exercise in relation to weight loss, but eating well and staying in shape are both important for an overall healthy body. Diet and exercise help keep your heart healthy and your blood rich with nutrients that joints, like your shoulders, need. Stretching your shoulders regularly is a great way to keep them in good condition and help prevent pain and injury.
Also, as part of a healthy lifestyle, it’s wise to cut out bad habits, such as smoking. Smoking is bad for your heart and puts harmful toxins into your bloodstream. This is as bad for your shoulders as much as it is for the rest of your body.
2. Warm up and cool down properly to prevent shoulder pain
Before any physical activity, whether sports or work-related, you should warm up. Warming up your body by walking around or doing some light exercising and stretching helps prevent shoulder pain by increasing blood flow throughout the body.
Warming up also tells your body to release lubrication to the joints, which will help your shoulders move well without getting hurt.
3. Take safety precautions at work to protect your shoulders
If your job requires regular heavy lifting, you’re likely aware of the importance of good lifting posture to help prevent injuries. However, if you don’t normally do a lot of heavy lifting, you should be aware that even desk jobs can have an impact on your shoulders if you’re not careful.
When lifting heavy objects, make sure you lift with your knees and hips, keep your shoulders squared with your chest, and hold the heavy object close to your body.
When sitting at a desk, keep your computer screen at eye level so your spine will be straight, and your shoulders squared. A computer that is too low will cause you to slouch, and one that is too high will cause you to crane your neck. Both positions strain your shoulders and can cause pain.
When to seek professional help
If you’re experiencing shoulder pain despite your best efforts to prevent it, you should seek professional help. Licensed experts like those at Arrow Physical Therapy can help reduce your shoulder pain and restore range of motion.
Contact Arrow Physical Therapy today to schedule an appointment for your shoulder pain. We can help you from any of our locations in Edison, Woodbridge and Union, New Jersey.