Movement equals life; move it or lose it
In May, my right shoulder began to bother me. We had taken a week’s vacation so I attributed it to traveling. Because I abide by the practice of natural healing, I visited my usual chiropractor, but he thought it was just muscle tension from the bicep and told me to ice it and sent me on my way.
After three weeks, I realized the discomfort wasn’t going away. Time to see a different chiropractor. (Sometimes it’s good to change practitioners or doctors as they look at you from a fresh perspective.)
My shoulder was the source of the pain as it was out of joint. A few weeks of adjustments and massage appointments and I was feeling great, with just a twinge of pain and muscle soreness in my right arm.
But at the beginning of July, the pain began to nag at me again. After returning from a short 5 day trip to visit family, driving 13 hours (and back), I was in more discomfort.
It began to affect my quality of life. I couldn’t bend my arm around to hook my bra! Ladies, you know what I mean. We’ve been twisting our arms and wrists like a pretzel since we were young girls. I couldn’t lift my arm up my back high enough.
Reaching across the seat and lifting my purse brought pain and I didn’t have enough flexability to reach into the back seat for something.
4 steps to healing from an injury
Make the decision to find answers
Since holistic living is the treatment of the whole person, this means that if my quality of life is affected by something physical, I need to do all I can to find solutions to return to a “whole” life. I decided that living with limited range of motion and nagging pain was not how I wanted to keep living.
Find a trusted practitioner
Especially in the natural health arena, everyone has their favorite nutritionist, homeopath, acupuncturist and massage therapist. My new chiropractor was referred by a co-worker. Even though he’s not in my insurance ‘network’, I will gladly pay for the relief he’s provided.
We’ve determined that my symptoms appear to be related to what is called frozen shoulder, something which is common in women age 40-60. It sometimes comes on for no apparent reason. Mine could be from too many hours with a computer mouse in my hand, but there’s no way to know for sure.
Healing is up to you
Now that I know what it is, the rest is up to me. Some injuries require being still and ice or heat packs but I have to be diligent in doing exercises that will help to loosen up the shoulder. There seems to be a general consensus on the types of movements that are helpful and in this video I share the exercises that I’ve found to relieve the stiffness and pain.
Some websites mention cortisone shots and taking ibuprofen or other pain medication. Shots are not for me and I try to stay away for pain medication unless absolutely necessary.
A more natural anti inflammatory is turmeric. I take 1/2 teaspoon in water in the morning and at night. Even with the extensive shoulder exercises, the discomfort is minor.
After a week of exercises, I’m happy with the results so far. I don’t feel so helpless with just living with the pain. I’m on my way to becoming “whole” again.
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Kristy Klenk has reached the 55 (and counting) birthday and finds this stage of life and aging an interesting adventure. For over 20 years she has been on a journey of living a holistic lifestyle and continues to research its positive effects on aging.