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Why am I in chronic pain? The perspective that helped me heal

When you’re suffering with chronic pain, you may search for the meaning behind your suffering. Why am I in chronic pain? Why do I keep hurting every day? What's wrong with me?

However, the meanings we ascribe to our chronic pain do not always helps us get out of pain. Oftentimes, the theories we attach to chronic pain can actually make our pain worse. 

In this article, we’re going to look at how your understanding of your pain influences your ability to move and live your...

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Surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – Is It Worth It?

If you're reading this you may have been told you have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS). Maybe you've got numb, cold, tingling hands, and you can't seem to find a way to make it all go away. Surgery may have been presented as an option, and perhaps you are seeking more information on what to expect.

In this post, we're going to dive deep into the research on the diagnosis of TOS and the real results of surgery. We'll also talk about what you can do to help...

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Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: Is it a bone problem that needs a surgical solution?

You head to the doctor because you keep having this nagging shoulder pain every time you move your arm. It hurts to scratch your back and grab plates out of the cabinet. It’s getting harder to wash your hair and put your shirt on every morning.

Your doctor does some tests and diagnoses you with shoulder impingement syndrome - or SIS for short.

Now you want to learn what this means for you because you want to get back to living your life without shoulder pain. You want to reach to the...

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Shoulder pain and X-rays – do shoulder x-rays mean anything?

The most common myth about shoulder X-rays for shoulder pain

The vast majority of people believe that shoulder X-rays are a good way to determine what's causing shoulder pain.

woman with shoulder pain

Stress, among other things, can make your shoulder muscles quite cranky.

Many doctors also say that an X-ray is a good way to investigate shoulder pain. They might find things like medial acromial and lateral clavicular sclerosis, subchondral acromial cysts, inferior acromial and clavicular...

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How to improve scapular retraction

Whenever we work with clients who have problems with their shoulders, there's one motion that we ALWAYS try to improve right away - scapular retraction. If you have shoulder issues it can often be helped with simple exercises that emphasize alignment and retraining.

In this blog we are looking at a few exercises to help restore proper alignment and strength in the correct muscles to support shoulder health.

 

What is scapular retraction?

Scapular retraction involves pulling your shoulder...

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Shoulder Labral Tears Part 2: Does surgery work?

In this article, we're going to look at the statistics and studies on shoulder labral tear surgery to help you discern the risks involved. To learn all about shoulder labral tears check out part 1 of this blog series for more background information.

If you have shoulder pain and someone has told you that it’s coming from a labral tear, you may feel like your only option is surgery. After all, if something in your shoulder is torn, how could you possibly be able to do anything to...

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Shoulder Labral Tears Part 1: What you need to know

In this article, we're going to learn all about shoulder labral tears, how they are diagnosed, and their relationship to pain. To learn more about the research on shoulder labral tear surgery, success rates, and rehabilitation  check out part 2 of this blog series.

 

Why are shoulder labral tears important to talk about?

Shoulder pain is extremely common.  A 2003 study in the Netherlands estimated that shoulder pain is the second most common complaint after lower back...

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Are wide pushups bad for you?

Often when people first start to experiment with wide pushups, they experience one of two things: either they have shoulder pain, or someone tells them that they should stop doing wide push ups because they’ll end up injured.

Does this mean wide push ups bad for you? 

No. Wide pushups are not bad for you when done correctly. The discomfort you may feel doesn’t mean wide grip pushups are unsafe. Wide grip push-ups can actually be GOOD for you if you do them correctly. Just like...

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