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Achy & Stiff Shoulder Joints –
What You Can Do for Relief
Do you have aches and/or restricted mobility in your shoulder joint? Can’t raise your arm above shoulder level (or you can, but with great discomfort)?
Chances are, a soft tissue structure inside your shoulder joint capsule is causing the problem. It is either one of the rotator cuff tendons (muscle attachments to the ball of your shoulder that help move it) or ligaments; a bursa (a jelly like tissue meant for reducing friction around the joint), or cartilage that lines the joint surfaces. The shoulder joint is a complex joint with many moving parts and structures operating within a tight space so any disturbance in any of these parts will result in joint dysfunction. Common causes of these disturbances are partial tears (strains), thickening, inflammation and/or erosion.
If your shoulder problem is chronic (lasting more than three months) and you don’t need surgical correction (no major tears/ detachments of tendons or ligaments) then there are some exercises you can do and things you can buy for yourself that may be able to fix the problem.
Ways to Treat Chronic Shoulder Joint Aches and Loss of Mobility
When a musculoskeletal problem is chronic, it means that your body has completed the main phases of healing (inflammation, repair and remodeling). Any symptom left is considered residual. Sometimes those symptoms are permanent, and sometimes they can be improved with further rehabilitation (especially if you received no or substandard care).
Ligaments and tendons are made of collagen, a special tissue that is mostly a matrix comprised of protein strands and other substances. Tiny cells called chondroblasts and fibroblasts secrete this matrix and are dispersed throughout it. It takes a very long time for these cells to “weave” this collagenous matrix. When a tendon is strained, there is some microscopic tearing of the collagen fibers. This weakens the tendon and therefore weakens joint movement, which can cause secondary, compensatory problems in other areas (a “cascade” of deterioration over time).
So, for soft tissue strain the goal is to get those tiny chondroblasts and fibroblasts to “get moving” and secrete more matrix.
The way to do it is three-fold:
- Infuse it with collagen-building nutrients;
- Apply a topical healing agent;
- Apply deep, penetrating heat to increase vascularization; and
- Do exercises that place a manageable load on the tendon.
Regarding #4, when you place a load on structural tissue (bone, ligament or tendon), it tends to trigger cells to secrete more matrix. This is why weight lifting/resistance training is recommended as a preventive measure for osteoporosis– it thickens and strengthens the bony matrix.
So with that, here are the steps to rehabilitate your achy shoulder joints, and hopefully get them to recover fully:
Take Joint Advantage Gold 5x Supplements Daily for 3 Months
This is by far the best supplement to take if you have weak joints. According to its developer, world-renowned natural health researcher Dr. David Williams, Joint Advantage Gold 5x provides fast relief for joint pain. It reduces inflammation, promotes healthy cartilage, and supports healthy joints. ApresFlex, the next generation of Boswellia serrata extract is clinically shown to lower inflammatory markers in the body while reducing joint pain and stiffness starting in as little as 5 days. Glucosamine has been shown in study after study to significantly contribute to the creation of healthy cartilage and help you maintain normal, comfortable joint space. Bovine cartilage contains the highest levels of chondroitin, glucosamine, and other natural sulfates that support healthy joints. NEM natural eggshell membrane is packed with joint-friendly nutrients including glucosamine, collagen, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid that help soothe joint pain.
Joint Advantage Gold 5x also includes a proprietary blend of traditional herbs including: wild rosella, devil’s claw, white willow, yucca, feverfew, celery seed, bromelain, and papaya.
I recommend a 90-day course of taking this supplement as you aggressively implement the rest of the rehabilitation plan to follow. Then, take as needed.
Apply Tissue & Bone Repair Ointment Around Your Shoulder Joint
This is a topical ointment you can apply all around your shoulder joint. Rub into the front and back of your shoulder joint, and just past the acromion (bony ledge of your collar bone, just above your shoulder). Also in your armpit. Don’t rub over the deltoid muscle, as it is too thick to reach the shoulder joint capsule.
Dr. Christopher’s formula contains a blend of oak bark, comfrey leaves, marshmallow root, mullein herb, walnut bark (or leaves), gravel root, wormwood, lobelia and skullcap. These herbs in combination cleanse, nourish and help your body heal damaged joint and bone tissues.
Apply Far Infrared Heat to Your Shoulder Twice a Day, 20 Minutes Each
This is the heat lamp that professionals use in their clinic– acupuncturists, chiropractors and PTs. Why? because it delivers heat deep, more than a hotpack can. This is helpful for thick muscles and joints, especially shoulders, hips and knees. The infrared light also stimulates cells to increase their metabolic rate which helps with healing.
Sit in a comfortable chair, position the lamp’s treatment head about 9″ from your shoulder (angle it 45 degrees pointing down to the front of your shoulder joint) and set the timer for 20 minutes. Immediately afterwards apply the bone and tissue repair ointment all around your joint as previously described.
Do Shoulder Mobility & Strengthening Kettle Bell Exercises
Use a 5 pound kettle bell to gently stretch and strengthen your joint capsule structures. You can also use TheraBand rubber tubing for this (better for those who have especially weak shoulder joints). Watch the video below where I demonstrate how to do these exercises:
BOTTOM LINE: If you have achy, chronic shoulder problems, you may be able to get some relief and improve function by doing the steps described here. As long as cells are alive, they can be “encouraged” to regenerate weakened tendons, ligaments and cartilage. As always, when you are trying to regenerate weakened tissues make sure to eat a healthy diet with plenty of green vegetables, healthy protein and good fats; limit grain carbs and sugar; and get adequate, deep sleep; at least eight hours a day. It also helps to laugh often, do moderate exercise and reduce stress.
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