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Hidden Culprits: How Everyday Habits Can Wreak Havoc on Your Shoulders

April 17, 20242 min read

Our shoulders are the workhorses of the upper body, allowing for incredible freedom of movement. But this very mobility makes them vulnerable to overuse and injury. Surprisingly, many of the culprits behind shoulder pain aren't dramatic falls or heavy lifting, but rather the seemingly harmless habits we repeat daily. At Advanced Orthospine Health Centre, we see the impact of these everyday actions all too often.

Here are some common habits that might be unknowingly stressing your shoulders:

  • Tech Slouch: Hours hunched over phones, laptops, and tablets can strain your upper back and neck, leading to tightness and pain that radiates down to the shoulders.

  • Purse Power Struggle: Carrying a heavy purse or handbag on one shoulder for extended periods can lead to imbalances and misalignment in your posture.

  • Sleeping on Your Side: While a comfortable position for many, side sleeping with a single pillow cradled between your arm and body can put your shoulder joint in a stressed position all night.

  • Repetitive Reaching: Constantly reaching for items above shoulder height, like grabbing groceries off high shelves, can cause micro-tears in the rotator cuff muscles over time.

  • Gym Mishaps: Improper weightlifting form, especially during exercises that involve overhead movements, can place undue stress on the shoulder joint.

Don't let these habits become a pain in the neck (and shoulders)!

Here are some tips to keep your shoulders healthy and happy:

  • Maintain good posture: Keep your shoulders back and relaxed, with your ears aligned over your shoulders.

  • Lighten the load: Distribute the weight of your belongings evenly or opt for backpacks.

  • Switch sleep positions: Try sleeping on your back with a pillow under your knees for lower back support.

  • Mind your ergonomics: Set up your workspace for optimal comfort, with your elbows at a 90-degree angle while using your computer.

  • Warm up and stretch: Before any physical activity, perform dynamic stretches to increase blood flow and prepare your shoulders for movement.

  • Lift with proper form: Seek guidance from a certified trainer to ensure you're using the correct technique at the gym.

Advanced Orthospine Health Centre is Here to Help

If you're experiencing shoulder pain that disrupts your daily life, don't hesitate to reach out to our team of experienced professionals. We offer a comprehensive approach to shoulder care, from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and pain management.

Take control of your shoulder health and enjoy the freedom of movement you deserve. Contact Advanced Orthospine Health Centre today and schedule your consultation!

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