Over the years we’ve seen many clients with frozen shoulder and existing shoulder issues. Frozen shoulder is a condition that affects the shoulder joint and can develop after a rotator cuff injury and conditions like tendinitis and bursitis. With frozen shoulder, bands of scar tissue form and there’s less synovial fluid to keep the joint lubricated, which limit motion even more. It usually involves pain and stiffness that develops gradually and can last several years.
We’ve noticed that our Whole Body Vibration machines have been helpful for our clients with shoulder issues, especially in speeding up the recovery of frozen shoulder. Exercise, including stretches on our WBV platforms are more effective because the vibration is already warming up your tissues and joints, making you more limber and less prone to injury/muscle strain. The increased G-Force results in increased muscle and bone density, (so you get stronger, faster) and may prevent future shoulder injuries. Additionally, the gentle vibration may help break up the scar tissue getting in the way of greater range of motion. With WBV as an effective, safe, and pain-free means of mobilizing joints, you don’t have to stay stuck for long.
One client of ours, a musician, developed frozen shoulder a few years before she came to see us. From using the machines on a daily basis and doing shoulder opening stretches on them, she was able to regain mobility to the point where she had full rage of motion. We even found a study that showed using 5hz of vibration led to greater range of motion and stability within the shoulder joint for participants.
Have a shoulder issue and wonder where to start? Here are a few simple exercises you can do:
- Sit with your hands pressed down on either side of you on a pivotal or linear machine for up to 5 minutes- the direct contact will bring more blood flow to your shoulder joint and entire arm.
- Stand on a linear platform while rotating your shoulder back and down, specifically squeezing your scapula (shoulder blades) together, then down, as if you were trying to tuck them in your back pockets.
- Stand or lie down on a linear platform with your arms outstretched and palms together. While in this position, engage your shoulder so it goes deeper into the socket, then release, do at least 3 sets of 10.
- Lastly, stand on a platform while extending your arm out behind you. This video also shows how (great for shoulder pain and limited range of motion issues).
If you’re a member, come in and tell us what you’d like to work on! If you are new to WBV, we offer free demos where you can try several machines and begin to get relief. You can make an appointment by calling BodyQuirks at (503) 233-9030. We look forward to working with you soon!