Arthritis Exercise for Shoulder Pain
Arthritis exercises for shoulder pain are a group of exercises which improves the range of mobility of the shoulder.
Types of Arthritis
There are actually three different types of arthritis you may suffer from.
Osteoarthritis is caused by “wear and tear”, overuse of a joint.
This is a degenerative arthritis which wears away the cartilage covering of the bone. This is generally most common in people 50 and over.
Rheumatoid arthritis in not age bias. Affecting the lining of your joint, the joint becomes inflamed. Rheumatoid usually affects more than one joint in the body.
Post-traumatic arthritis is a very close relative to Osteoarthritis, it is caused after traumatic injury.
Possible injuries to be aware of are fractures, a dislocated shoulder, or even a tear in your muscles can cause this brand of arthritis.
Arthritis in the shoulders
Arthritis in the shoulders is less common than hip and knee arthritis. However, arthritis in the shoulder can be just as severe and may need joint replacement.
Shoulder Pain Treatment
Common treatments for shoulder pain include Ice and Heatt treatments. Using both alternatively 5 to 10 minutes each can be very effective.
There are also creams you can use such as Tea Tree Mineral Gel, that help to reduce inflammation and stiffness in the joint.
Alway check with your doctor first before undertaking any exercise or treatment.
Shoulder exercises and stretches
Stretching your muscles is very important with shoulder arthritis. There are several exercises and stretches to help you heal or lessen then pain.
Before you begin
a. Warm up your muscles
b. Start with SLOW movements
c. Know your limits and do not push it
d. Hold the stretch
e. Remember to work both sides
1. Reach for the Sky
a. Lay down somewhere where you can reach above your head. With your arms straight in the air, just push the stretch upwards a little. Repeat 5 times.
2. Arm Propeller
a. With your arm out to your side slowly begin to rotate your arm in small circles. Increasing the size of your circle as much as feels comfortable. Keep your movements slow and gradual. Perform for 1 minute in each direction.
3. The Horn Salute Stretch
a. Using the door jam, bend your elbow like you are asking a semi truck or train to sound their horn.
Place your arm on the outside of the frame. While standing in the door way, turn your body outward.
This will stretch the front of your shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds and perform three repetitions.
4. Flap your Wings
a. Standing with your arms at your sides and two light weights in each hand. You can use soda cans or something similar. While holding these weights at your sides begin by raising your arms up as if you were doing a jumping jack. Remember to do this slowly it’s not a race. Perform for 30 seconds and do three sets.
Aside from exercises there are anti-inflammatory medications, either over the counter or prescribed from your doctor.
Shoulder pain prevention
Shoulder pain can be prevented by taking care of your body. Healthy eating, exercising, and taking vitamins will help you heal faster.
To avoid body aches in general remember to stretch before heavy use. This includes before work, chores, exercising, recreational activities, and yes shopping.
Anything which is going to tax your muscles significantly needs preparation.