Shoulder Dysfunction, a cause of Neck pain or Vice-Versa?
The shoulder blade (Scapula) helps to determine how both the shoulder and the neck function. When one or another is not functioning optimally, it can cause dysfunction and pain in the other. The interdependency between the neck and scapula is due, in part, to 3 major muscles, which have a direct role in the inner workings of both the Neck and the Scapula (Trapezius, Omohyoid, Levator Scapulae).
Shoulder dysfunction is one possible cause for neck pain, and while the following exercises and guidelines are proven to help correct this, it is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Causes of Shoulder Dysfunction
The main cause of shoulder dysfunction is a malfunctioning relationship between the muscles that attach to the Scapula (shoulder blade). In present day society, sitting has the largest negative effect on the shoulder musculature.
Sitting with a forward head position, rounded and hunched shoulders, has been known to be detrimental to scapular position, shoulder muscle strength and range of motion. The effect of sitting can be found in, but is not limited to, over-active Upper Trapezius, underactive Middle and Lower Trapezius, Serratus Anterior.
Number one exercise to help!
The Low Row!
Holding a Theraband for resistance set your Scapula using SOE. With your arm directly at your side, palm facing behind you, push your hand back against the resistance until your
arm reaches 30-45°(as seen to right). Then gently return to your side. Perform as many as possible until muscle begins to tire, repeat with the other arm, then start entire process again 2 more times.
If you find that you are suffering from Neck pain, come by the office and find out if its coming from your shoulder!
Author: Dr. Mitch Ormond, Bsc. (Hons) Kin, DC
Chiropractor, Acupuncture and Orthotic provider
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