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Best Shoulder Recovery Exercises

You want to rehab a shoulder injury as soon as possible. If not, it can freeze in a bad position to limit motion, cause pain, arthritis and destroy your posture.

Before starting motion with your shoulder, check your posture to make sure you exercise in a good position.  Then start with stretches first by causing enough tension without causing pain.  Then add in strength exercises with simple weights to improve strength.

Start you rehab in this order:

Posture Check:

Corner Stretch for Rounded Shoulders

Broomstick Stretch:

3 Shoulder Exercises for Shoulders

Wall Push up

These exercises will stretch, then strengthen your shoulder to keep it pain-free.  The bonus is your posture will improve to tolerate the physical and static (such as sitting or standing) stresses of your day to keep you strong and relaxed.

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Stress/Relaxation Hormones controlled by Motion

@ Dr. Ratkovic’s talk at the Gibson Center in Oct.  Dr. Tony discusses the feedback loop that starts with motion.

Here is how the pathway works:

Motion in a joint sends a nerve signal to the brain, causing a chemical signal to the Adrenal glands, causing a hormonal release to the blood stream that goes to every part of the body.

When there is a limited motion, the hormones release are cortisol and catecholomines.  These promote stress and pain in the body.  Short term, this response helps you get away from a tiger chasing you.  Long-term, this can cause heart disease, anxiety and chronic fatigue.

On the other hand, increased motion can help you relax and pain reduction.  This occurs because the hormones released are serotonin and endorphins.  With these hormones, your body can rest and repair keeping the body healthy.

The joints that control this feedback looks is 70% in the spine; 30% in other joints of the body.  By having your spine check structurally through an x-ray analysis, you can know if their are limitation is your spinal joints.

Everyone is at a unique state of health.

Enjoy a Complimentary consultation from these specialists and recover from nerve, spine, and muscle pain.

Enjoy Health from the Inside Out

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Feet Exam part of your Posture Evaluation

During a patient’s initial exam when they come into Euclid Chiropractic, the doctors check the person from their head to their feet; not just their spine.

When a person stands from the front view this is what to look for in a patient’s feet:

1. Do both feet point forward and are shoulder with apart (image below).  This is normal and will help maintain a good overall posture.

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2. Do BOTH feet turn out (image below).  This would cause knee pressure/pain, back to stay in a forward posture.  Even cause a hunched back posture.

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3. Does ONE foot turn out (image below).  This would cause your posture to shift. This would cause pressure/pain on one side of the knee/hip/back and twisting while the body tries to maintain center of gravity.

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In treatment the patient consciously fixes their feet to stretch, walk, and exercise in the normal body and feet posture.  Overtime this should become the patient’s normal position.

Enjoy health from the inside out.

Enjoy a Complimentary consultation from these specialists and recover from nerve, spine, and muscle pain.

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Benefits of Ice vs. Heat

People are confused when to use ice or heat to reduce pain.  Especially when you are in pain, how do you decide which to apply?  Patients that come to Euclid Chiropractic are also unsure, but leave with why either ice or heat will help them.  Here is how this controversy is clarified.

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Heat Benefits: draws more blood in the tissue causing warmth and loosening.  This would help stiff joints, arthritis and tight muscles loosen.  For example, our senior patients have stiffness from arthritis so heat application would be a benefit.

Ice Benefits: when signs of disc and nerve pain including pain down the leg or arm, numbness, weakness, and a pinched feeling with spine motion.  Ice application cools and tightens to push the fluid/inflammation out of the tissue, reduces the disc swelling and numb the nerves. Then new blood (vitamins/minerals) circulates into the tissue to allow better healing.

With either therapy (ice or heat) better circulation is the goal.  See your Chiropractor to know which would be your best benefit.

Each person is at a unique state of health.

Enjoy a Complimentary consultation from these specialists and recover from nerve, spine, and muscle pain.

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Should Pain Relief Part 1: The Exam

This exam incorporates the shoulder as well as the arm and neck since they connect to the shoulder.  The overall goal of the exam is to check for muscle, ligament, joint and nerve damage.

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Here are the specific steps:

  1. Check all ranges of shoulder motion (extension, flexion, external/internal rotation).

  2. Check all ranges of neck and elbow range of motion (because the same muscles connect to the shoulder).

  3. Check front and side posture of the shoulder looking or an internally rotated or raised shoulder.

  4. When checking ranges of motion observe signs of pain, pinching in the joint, weakness or finger tingling.

With any positive signs of joint problems, muscle pain or nerve pain, continue to an x-ray analysis of the area of concern.

Part 2: The X-Rays

Each person is at a unique state of health.

Book a Free Exam for muscle, nerve or joint concern to have a healthier life.

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Back Disc and Health Recovery-Efrain’s Case

In Efrain’s testimonial, he speaks of his initial injury when he fell off a cliff.  This lead the surgeons to fuse his ankle to leg instead of loosing his foot.

In this video, Dr. Ratkovic speaks about his recovery physically and his success as a banker.  Unfortunately, Efrain needed to compensate because of his injury short term.  Long term, his body’s compensatory movement caused a spinal disc problem and constant falls.

efrain-pre-x-rayImage 1: Dr. Ratkovic explains (and so does Efrain in his testimonial) how his x-ray analysis is the reason why he was having so much pain.  The vertical line in the image is where the spine should bend back toward.

efrain-post-x-rayImage 2: This second image is Efrain’s follow up x-ray a few months later.  See how his low back spine is behind the vertical line.  This is where the spine is a better normal.  Because of Chiropractic adjustments and posture/balance exercises, Efrain pain had mostly resolved and his quality of life had dramatically improved.

Overall, Efrain’s physical improvement (lack of pain, better balance) is due to the x-ray improvement through adjustments and exercises.  Knowing what is inside the body (x-ray analysis) is sometimes more important that treating the symptoms only (pain with medication).

Everyone is at a unique state of health.

Enjoy a Complimentary consultation from these specialists and recover from nerve, spine, and muscle pain.

Enjoy Health from the Inside Out

Book Now:
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Chiropractors are Educators, FIRST @Baldy View ROP Upland

Like all doctors, Chiropractors are trained to be educators, then administer treatment, medications, etc.

At Euclid Chiropractic Clinic we educate our patients before treatment through an x-ray analysis, then specific exercises during treatment.

This allows every patient to take care of their OWN health.

Enjoy a Complimentary consultation from these specialists and recover from nerve, spine, and muscle pain.

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Maxwell: Re-enlisting as an Army Ranger

img_3609Maxwell is re-enlisting as an Army Ranger.  We appreciate your dedication to protect our country.

Now that Maxwell’s back pain has resolved through Chiropractic, he has been able to return to extreme physical training to re-enlist.

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Vicky’s X-ray/Spine/Posture Analysis after suffering Neuropathy

Vicky approach Euclid Chiropractic after being treated for ear pain/vertigo with various medical treatments.  Vicky’s next procedure was to puncture her ear drum.  Pretty aggressive treatment after no results from medication or shots.

vicky48After taking her x-rays and posture exam, the doctors diagnosed the problem as neuropathy from her neck to the middle ear.

Because of the 48 mm Forward Head Posture, the straightening of the neck cause limited spinal joint motion, this degenerates the spinal disc (narrowing spaces between the vertebrae), leading to neuropathy (pinched nerves).

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After months of care, was given consistent Chiropractic Adjustments and specific posture exercises.  Vicky’s ear pain and vertigo vanished.  Her posture improved and she felt less stressed now that Vicky felt motivated to continue exercising.

Structurally, the neck is further back by only 35mm Forward Head Posture, the spinal vertebra are more separated due to increased spinal motion.  This would heal the disc to stop neuropathy, ear pain/vertigo in Vicky’s case.

In every case of structural x-ray improvement by Chiropractic Adjustments with posture exercises has shown less symptoms and improved health to the patient.

Watch Vicky’s tell her story.

Every person is at a unique state of health.

Enjoy a Complimentary consultation from specialists and recover from nerve, spine, and muscle pain.

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Shoulder Pain Recovery: Part 3- Three Strength Exercises

Start these exercise AFTER:

  1. Any nerve, muscle and joint pain has been removed through Chiropractic care.
  2. Swelling and pain has been removed with full range of motion of the shoulder/upper back/neck.

Exercise #1: Side External Rotation

  1. Standing against the wall, keep elbows tucked into the sides and against the wall.
  2. With your hands in front, rotate them out toward the wall where it pulls on the front shoulder.
  3. Repeat 3-5 times to your comfort.

Exercise #2: Raised External Rotation

  1. Stand against the wall, keep elbows level with your shoulders.
  2. Starting hands level in front of the body, rotate the arms above your head.

Exercises #3: Lateral Raise

  1. Lean forward away from the wall about 10 degrees.
  2. Start with your elbows bent and arms relaxed in front.
  3. Raise arms to shoulder level while keeping body still.
  4. Repeat 3-5 times.

See Part 1: Shoulder Pain Relief Part 3: Treatment & Exercises

See Part 2: The X-ray Analysis

These exercises will strengthen the shoulders/upper back to help increase strength and improve posture. 

Everyone’s health is at a unique state.

Enjoy a complimentary consultation to understand how these doctors will help joint, muscle, nerve conditions to improve your posture and health.

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