What is Shoulder Instability?

Dr Christopher Dodson, shares some of his knowledge on shoulder instability:

The term “shoulder instability” constitutes a spectrum of disorders that includes dislocation, subluxation and laxity. When the shoulder slips partially out of joint, this is called subluxation. A dislocated shoulder occurs when the shoulder comes completely out of joint. There are some people who have a capsule that is a little bit too loose.
Such individuals are described as having ligamentous laxity or being “lax”. It should be noted that laxity is a variation of normal whereas instability is not. Therefore, patients can have baseline laxity and then suffer an injury which leads to instability.

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Stretch therapy helps for neck pain.

Neck pain is a term used to widely describe a number of different conditions that you can have in your neck. Ranging from Cervical spondylosis, whiplash, strain, herniated disc right through to arthritis.

Most people experience neck pain in some point of their lives, and frequently they do not have the answers to deal with this problem appropriately and effectively resulting in them having to experience pain for a much longer period of time then was necessary.

Most neck pain starts with an insidious onset, in other word symptoms that have come on rather gradually. starting with an uncomfortable pain in the upper shoulder area after a nights sleep or the day after you have been doing some unusual activities.

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If I stop working out, my muscles will turn to fat! Right? Wrong!

This will not be the case unless you’re an alchemist or a genetic mutant. Here’s a basic anatomy lesson: “Muscle is muscle and fat is fat”. You can’t turn the one into the other. Oooh, if only we could….

So what really happened 15 years ago when you stopped working out? We hear people say:”I always used to be in such good condition, and now a couple of years later I have lost it all.  I have constant back aches and just jogging down the garage way makes me tired already!” The answer is very simple, your caloric demand decreased dramatically since the day you stopped training  BUT your caloric intake did not change a thing. In fact it probably increased with all the other perks of having a good life! When training the athlete can consume huge amounts of calories, even when the food is healthy, still they need energy to fulfill their demands. Not only is eating perfectly all right, but it’s necessary to fuel the performance efforts we demand from our bodies. Remember, “food is fuel”… and we need full tanks to go a long way. The problem with abandoning activity that make all this food intake necessary is that the body no longer requires as many calories. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to adjust eating habits to accommodate this diminished need. Often, it’s not the athlete’s fault. It just happens so slowly and unnoticed.

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Dr Mercola describe Active Isolated stretching as a “cutting edge technique” in his practise

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) — is a cutting edge technique of flexibility and Myofascial release that allows the body greatly increased suppleness, circulation, and enhanced utilization of nutrients, as well as maintenance of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints.

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StretchingSA is the ONLY registered Active Isolated stretching therapy office of its kind in South Africa.(http://www.stretchingusa.com/practitioners/search?query=Pretoria+South+Africa)  Don’t hesitate, become the lateral thinker in your health issues and visit us for treatment on all muscle and joint pains.

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