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Shoulder Dysfunction, A Pain in Your Neck; Literally!

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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 arScreen Shot 2015-05-15 at 11.59.14 AMm 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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With the new site comes a new blog, where we’ll be periodically sharing health information from our various health care team members. The first installment comes from Dr. Robert Evans and is on a pretty timely topic: boosting energy. Given how long this past winter has felt, we could all use a little extra energy boost!

Everyday energy boosters for long-term health

dog-walkEveryone is familiar with the feeling of complete energy drain. Those times when no matter how enticing a new movie, fabulous shoe sale, or friendly barbecue, you just cannot pull yourself together to go. What can be a bit harder to recognize is chronic energy drain. In this case, you may not necessarily feel the classic signs of exhaustion; for example, achy muscles or that an all-over tired feeling. What you will experience is an increasing lack of determination for performing many of the activities you used to love. Simply try the following tips and strategies to help increase your energy production.

Keep moving
Increasing physical activity actually increases energy. The key is to focus on daily physical activity and not just the idea of exercise. Scrub, dig, shovel, walk, play, ride, or wheel through your day. Small steps like turning off the TV after dinner to go for a walk with your partner, dog, or children can make a big difference. Start with 15 minutes.

Sleep well
Making time for sleep is essential to feeling alert and ready to make a difference in your day. Most people need at least 7 to 9 hours every night. To help create a restful atmosphere, try to fully darken your bedroom (turn your alarm clock away if the display gives off too much light), regulate room temperature (too hot or too cold, and you’ll wake up), and use white noise (a fan or quiet music) to help induce sleepiness.

Nourish yourself
Meal timing is another important factor in maintaining energy levels. People often skip meals, and wonder why they are tired in the afternoon. Skipping meals can cause blood sugar swings, often resulting in fatigue. You should eat at least three nutritious meals each day with the last meal well before bedtime. Having a very light snack in between these meals can also help to moderate energy swings.

Decompress and reduce stress
One of the biggest energy reducers is stress. Stressors like worry, anxiety, or fear can leave you mentally and physically exhausted. Counter these energy killers by programming more relaxation activities into your day. For many individuals, increasing exercise burns off the chemical effects of stress and anger, while others find relief in quiet pursuits such as listening to music, reading a great book, meditation, or even just talking on the phone with a friend or family member.

Get some sun and vitamin D
The body makes vitamin D after exposure to sun, which can help with higher physical performance and improved mood. Try to get 10 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun at least three times a week. Vitamin D supplementation can be an important part of your supplementation program if you live in a area with limited solar strength for most of the year.