Upper Back/Shoulder Strain
The trapezius muscle is one of the largest muscles, extending down from the neck to the middle of the upper back and stretching across the shoulder blades. The main job of the trapezius muscle is to stabilize and move the shoulder blades (scapula). We put our trapezius muscle into action with regular simple activites lifting, pulling or rotating the neck, moving your arms, throwing a ball, push our arms in an overhead press, shrug you shoulders and help us breath.
Activites of daily life can over use your neck, upper back and shoulder can cause a strained or injury:
- bending over a desk for hours
- under stress, often your neck and upper shoulder blades (upper trapezius) will feel tight
- overexetending or over working the muscle in exercise
- carrying heavy objects on your shoulder
- having poor posture, standing, reading, watching TV, driving
- your computer monitor being too high or too low
- sleeping in an wrong, or in an uncomfortable position
- a sudden twist or jar to the neck
- a fall or accident can injure also injure your spine, blood vessel and even cause paralysis.
Many other conditions can also affect neck and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, cervial arthritis or spondylosis, ruptured disk, small fractures from osteoporosis, narrowing of the spine canal (spinal stenosis), infection in the spine and cancer that involves the spine.
Signs and symptoms of upper back pain (trapezius muscle) strain or tear to the muscle include you may feel stiffness, soreness or achy, burning in the muscle from the base of our skull to between your shoulder blades, sharp pain when you move your neck, shoulder and/or arm. In extreme cases your unable move you head side to side and have upper back chronic pain.
Treatment - What You Can Do!
Resting, as mush as possible and limit your daily activities to reduce inflammation and avoid aggravating the your upper back muscles (trapezius) and prevent any further re-injury.
For years, doctors, trainers, and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, and after any re-injury.
Mild, moderate and severe cases of neck and shoulder strain are best treated with conservative home therapies.
Although RICE can help to treat these symptoms, ice and freezer gel packs reach temperatures so low they can cause cryoburn, an ice burn on your skin. The problem is, up until now there hasn't been another option to treat painful conditions and injuries, so ice and freezer gel packs have been the only choice.
Fortunately, you no longer have to settle for these ice cold methods that are uncomfortably cold against your skin, provide short term relief, cause ice burns, and numb your skin and underlying tissue beyond feeling so you don't even notice the ice burn until it's too late. The Freezie Wrap® allows you to treat your shoulder in an effective and convenient way. Cold Compression Therapy works by stopping and slowing nerve and cell function in the injured area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels.
This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your deltoid muscle, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal shoulder muscle injuries faster and with less pain!
Exercise and stretching
Adding stretches to your daily route will help reduce pain and prevent re-injury to your upper back (trapezius muscles). Gentle and slow range of motion exercises include;
- rolling the shoulder back and pinch your shoulder blades together (scapular pinches)
- shoulder shrugs - move your shoulder up and down toward your ears then back down again
- bending the neck side to side, title one ear toward the shoulder and hold for a short time
- turning your head side to side to look over the shoulder for a short pause
Once your pain is reduced focus on strengthening the muscles of the upper back/neck to improve your posture, exercising the upper body (slowly and gradually).
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
Once the inflammation in your shoulder has been reduced, providing extra blood flow and strengthening the tissue in the muscles, tendons, and surrounding area is recommended.
Using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®), will speed your recovery and heal your shoulder more completely preparing it for strengthening exercises. BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your soft tissue to nourish your tendons, ligaments and muscles, improving elasticity and increasing the healing process.
This increased Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy to your shoulder muscles is greatly needed. Our natural process for repair to damaged tissue is to heal the quickest way = scar tissue and adhesions.
The growth of scar tissue and adhesions can lie in any direction. Ultimately what causes stiffening in the shoulder muscles, entrapping a nerve (may lead to paralysis of the deltoid muscle), restricting movement, less elasticity, poor circulation, and flexibility.
Unfortunately, scar tissue may plague you for weeks, months and maybe even years, depending on your level of activity and the amount of conservative treatments you have done during your rehabilitation. Scar tissue is a major problem, especially when it comes to re-injury of your deltoid muscles. When dealing with scar tissue it is always important to:
- listen well to your physician and if conservative treatments are recommended and remember to stick to your (daily) treatment plan using these therapies
- frequent use of the Shoulder Freezie Wrap® will help reduce the swelling very quickly. Much of the pain you feel will be from the swelling, and you will be surprised how fast the pain drops off once the swelling is down.
- the shoulder Inferno Wrap® is a safe, electromagnetic energy device that will help reduce scar tissue and increase blood flow to the area (thereby accelerating the body's own healing process).
- when applied before stretching, the Shoulder Inferno Wrap® will help flush the area with fresh blood. This will help improve your range of motion and prevent re-injury.
It may seem hard to believe, but our Shoulder Freezie Wrap®and Shoulder Inferno Wrap® home therapy products will assist you in recovering from your injury faster and reduce the chance of degenerative conditions by maximizing blood flow where it is needed most, reduce swelling and inflammation induced pain.
Continuing he healing process with resting your shoulder. Limit your movements that may be aggravate your deltoid muscle, leading to re-injury. Muscle related injuries can easily turn from a grade 1 deltoid muscle strain into a grade 2 or a grade 2 into a grade 3 shoulder injury.
Don't settle for minimal treatments when the best products are ready and waiting for you! If you want to get back to your daily activities with fast, effective, and safe home therapy treatment, speak to your doctor or therapist about incorporating the Shoulder Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® into your training, recovery, and every day maintenance of your shoulder and upper arm.
Prevention and Promotion of Lifelong Health
If you want to avoid re-injury, or manage pain and increase circulation for lifelong health benefits. A Shoulder Freezie Wrap® and Shoulder Inferno Wrap®, will provide the results you are looking for.
Why spend time in pain, off from work, and missing out on your active lifestyle when you can be proactive about your injury and the health of your body? Talk to your doctor about incorporating a regular routine of using a Freezie Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ into your everyday health regimen.
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