As careful as one might be with lifting, reaching, and carrying, the rotar cuff is at risk of injury. This little group of 4 muscles, often called the SITS muscles, because of their names – Supraspinatus, Infraspintas, Teres minor, and Subscapularis, are located under the shoulder muscles called the deltoids. They form sort-of a cuff underneath the deltoids. This is why they are referred to as the rotator cuff. They are not the “rotary” or the “cup”. While they aren’t the primary mover in any movements of the arms or shoulders, they assist and support the movement.
The muscles of the shoulder are responsible for lifting the arm to the side, front, and back; also known as flexion, abduction, and extension, respectively. They also assist the movement of the pectorals and latissimus dorsi in bringing the arm across the chest, when you reach for your seat belt, or in reaching behind you, as in scratching your back.
A tear in the rotator cuff can occur when you overreach, overstretch, among other things. Some tears can heal on their own, with proper therapy, light stretching, and lifting light weights. Others can be repaired through surgery.
On Monday I will be having rotator cuff surgery. Since it requires a lengthy recovery period, I have asked a dear friend and very knowledgeable lady to be my special guest blogger. Claudia Meydrich is a nutritional specialist, and specialized in natural and whole foods and supplements. you will want to check back for her informative posts. Check out her site at Happy Nutrtionist.
Until I return, stay healthy and keep moving.
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