There are a number of important steps, or stages, when treating a rotator cuff injury; and it’s important that you use the right treatment at the right time.
For example, use ice when you should be using heat and you’ll add weeks to your recovery. Or worse still, use heat when you should be using ice and you could do further damage to an already painful injury.
Here’s an outline of the 7 steps I use to help 100’s of people successfully treat and recover from rotator cuff injury.
- Step 1: Use rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammatory, swelling and pain.
- Step 2: Apply heat and massage to accelerate soft tissue repair and reduce scar tissue.
- Step 3: Use gentle proprioception exercises to restore balance and coordination.
- Step 4: Incorporate simple stretching exercises for the large muscle groups around the rotator cuff.
- Step 5: Introduce exercises to strengthen and stabilize the upper back, neck, chest, shoulders and arms.
- Step 6: Carefully begin more advanced exercises, stretches and therapies to restore dynamic movement back to the shoulder.
- Step 7: And then incorporate a full body conditioning system that improves core strength and posture so you never have to worry about a shoulder injury again.
Your body goes through a very specific process to heal a rotator cuff injury, and it’s vitally important that you match the right treatment to the right phase of your recovery. This is why you need to do the right treatments, at the right time, in the right order, otherwise you’ll go round-and-round in circles and never get the relief you’re looking for.
If you’ve hurt your rotator cuff or you’re trying to recover after a shoulder surgery, take a look at our comprehensive, 7 step rotator cuff treatment system.
Until next time; stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.
The Stretch Coach
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