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Shoulder Pain and Sleep Position

For those suffering from shoulder pain your sleep position is extremely important. Although sleeping is rarely the cause of your pain, it should be a focus as it definitely can aggravate and slow its rehab progress. Here are a few things to consider:

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Importance Of The Shoulder Blade For Shoulder Function

Remember shoulder impingement from last week? Well, the scapula (shoulder blade) has a HUGE influence on how the shoulder functions and moves. The scapula is stabilized by four main muscle groups on the thoracic (rib) cage. From there, all four rotator cuff muscles come off the scapula to stabilize the shoulder joint so the shoulder can move and function without pain. If one or more of the muscles that stabilize the scapula isn’t doing its job, scapular winging can occur and lead to things like shoulder impingement and pain over time.   

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Conservative Treatment for Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most common form of peripheal neuropathy, and in most cases conservative treatment can resolve this complaint. In a recent post I discussed other forms of median nerve entrapment that cause symptoms that are similar to CTS (you can read that here). For this reason, before a course of treatment is decided the proper diagnosis must be made.

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Carpal Tunnel? Maybe Not.

When a patient presents with “Carpal Tunnel” like symptoms, first and foremost we need a correct diagnosis. Irritation of the median nerve typically affects the first three fingers on the front of the hand. Symptoms can include numbness, tingling, and pain along with hand grip and thumb weakness. Although these are symptoms on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, other conditions can cause similar symptoms.

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Slowing Down the Degenerative Process

You may be surprised to learn that degenerative disc disease is a part of the normal aging process. As we age, our discs lose some of their water content and become less supple. This makes them appears darker on an MRI. And when they appear darker on MRI, you guessed it; they are labeled as degenerative.

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Cupping Thearpy

The use of cupping by therapists is on the rise in the United States. It has become increasing popular in Western cultures due to athletes, such as Michael Phelps, who has been seen with the distinctive circular marks that accompany it. Chinese and Middle Eastern countries have used cupping therapy for thousands of years as a way to relieve pain, increase circulation, and aid in relaxation.
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