Article by Glen Wood – The Yoga Teacher
Yoga for Drivers Neck and Shoulder Pain Part 4
When assessing shoulder pain, take a history and perform an examination with these questions in mind: Is the pain arising from the shoulder, neck or elsewhere. Generally speaking, individuals who are older and have had shoulder pain for a longer period of time can be treated with non operative measures even in the presence of a complete rotator cuff tear. Women seem to have more shoulder problems than men, and the frequency of shoulder pain increases with age.
A forward head can eventually damage neck and upper back structures, as they bend and rub at angles they were not built for.
Chronically holding neck muscles in an overstretched position weakens them. The forward head creates shortened, contracted muscles in front, and a stretched, weakened back. Cervical (neck) discs are pressured posteriorly. This creates a cycle of forward positioning that herniates discs and makes sore aching muscles, and the tightness and habits that keep you tilting forward.
The result is that the average person has upper body/back pain from the poor positioning and at the same time, the chronic poor positioning makes them too tight to stand up straight.Check yourself – you may be surprised to find that you do much of your standing, sitting, activity, and exercise with a forward head.
No wonder you have pain. Look in any fitness magazine and see all the photos of people doing exercise with their neck tilted forward and chin jutting forward. Look at how people (or stand) when they eat. Look at how they carry backpacks and bags – neck tilting forward against the load instead of using muscles to hold the spine in healthy position. Then they do shoulder stands in yoga, which simultaneously overstretches the ligament, pressures discs outward, and creates forces that generate bone spurs. The average person overstretches and unequally stretches their neck and upper body so much, it is no mystery that they hurt – it is a mystery that they don’t hu rt more.
Yoga is based on a deep understanding of man and his position in this world and was the first system evolved in the world to recognise the connection and the interaction between body and mind. It studies in depth the very structure of the human personality, through analysis the psychological complexities and the cause of human pain, sorrow and suffering. It has laid down psychosomatic means through its various psycho-physiological processes for dealing with the body mind complex and tries to harmonize and integrate the human personality at all levels and stages of life.
About the Author
Glen Wood – The Yoga Teacher, dedicated to unlocking the Real Secrets of Back, Shoulder and Neck Pain.
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