Discussing sleep position with patients is an important component of care. The way someone sleeps is rarely the cause of someone’s problem, but it can be one of the many factors that don’t allow their body to recover like it should. If the goal is to provide fast, long lasting relief than all factors need to be considered and sleep position can be a big one. Here is a general rule:
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Shoulder pain is usually mechanical. That means that the structure is fine, no fractures or tears. Instead, the way the shoulder is moving may be a contributing factor to the painful symptoms. The shoulder is a freely movable joint in which its health depends heavily on the muscles that control and support it to be in balance. The shoulder also requires stability from the scapula (shoulder blades).
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The shoulder is designed to be mobile. It is a ball and socket joint, which allows for a wide range of movements. A lack of this motion or faulty movement can develop into pain or injury. Many people with shoulder issues are surprised when they learn that many conditions, including rotator cuff injuries, can be treated conservatively.
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When discussing any type of neck problem we also need to review the relationship that the cervical spine has with the other joints in the body, particularly the shoulder region. It is common when a patient presents with neck pain to discover a history that includes pain or injury of the shoulder.
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The muscles that support the scapulae (shoulder blades) play a big role in neck and upper extremity health and function. Weakness or faulty movement of the scapulae contribute to abnormal stresses to the structures of the shoulder including the rotator cuff, as well as contribute to recruitment of other muscles. This becomes a compensation pattern that can lead to overuse and pain.
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The shoulder is different from most other joints in the body because it is designed to provide a great deal of movement. For example, the architecture of the shoulder joint enables us to reach up overhead, back behind the body, across the chest, and we can even rotate or arm internally and externally. When you compare the shoulder with other joints – such as the ankle, knee, or elbow, which basically move only forward and backward – it can be seen that the shoulder is indeed a joint with a lot of mobility.
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