You do not just move. Each step you take is aided by numerous processes that take place in your body. The first thing that happens is that you think about moving. Your brain sends signals to your muscles. Through electricity signals, your muscles bind together and facilitate the movement. Of the many muscles in the human body, the main ones that allow you to move from one point to another are located on your core and feet.
Your core makes up the majority of your body. It includes your abdomen, pelvis, hips and spine. When your core is well muscled, you are said to have sufficient upper body strength. Moving the other part of your upper body, the arms, requires you to use yet another muscle. This muscle is called the scapula. The scapula is the muscle that ensures there is a balance between hand motion and the rotator cuff in your shoulder.
When the motion of your rotator cuff and your shoulder is not balanced, you may experience some shoulder problems. These problems range from mild shoulder pains to the “frozen shoulder” when you are unable to move your shoulder over wide ranges. Lack of stability between the scapula and shoulder muscles can be caused by:
- Dislocation of a bone in the shoulder
- Tearing of shoulder tendons and muscles
- Impingement, which occurs when damaged muscles in your shoulder swell and exert pressure on the tendons and other tissue next to them
How Physical Therapists in Wilmington, MA reaches a Scapula and Core Instability Diagnosis
To design an effective treatment plan for you, any physical therapist in Wilmington, MA will first examine your shoulder. He or she will ask you to try out several positions to determine the cause of the instability and the source of your shoulder pains. You may also be questioned about your background do that the physical therapist can tell how you hurt your shoulder. The most common ways most people hurt their shoulders are through repeating a motion and suffering a traumatic experience.
Stability Exercises at Whites Physical Therapy
Hurting your shoulder is uncomfortable. It makes it painful to move and hinders you from going about your daily tasks. Physical therapy at Whites Physical Therapy aims to help you recover from such shoulder imbalances. As such, the physical therapists at Whites Physical therapy will take you through a series of exercises to:
- Increase your range of motion: most stability exercises can only be considered as successful treatment when they help you move your shoulders further backward. A physical therapist will show you the proper way of doing exercises such as shoulder rotations to achieve this feat.
- Build your muscle endurance: shoulder problems occur when you build you shoulder’s bulk instead of concentrating on its endurance. Physical therapists can guide you through stretching and weight-lifting exercises to correct weak muscular problems.
- Manage your pain: stretching and doing other exercises recommended by your physical therapist can help you feel less pain.
When your scapula and core are stable, you will be able to move without feeling any pain in your shoulder. If you feel a twinge in your shoulder see a certified physical therapist just in case it’s caused by a more serious problem.