If you’re like most people, you just couldn’t wait for that warm weather to arrive and now that it’s here, well, we have been experiencing a roller coaster of weather swings all across the country. From excessive heat, to excessive rain events this has started out as a summer season to remember. Even our share of early tornado's have been touching down from the Midwest to the northeast. But even with these extreme events happening, people have been opening up their swimming pools or heading to the coast to hit the beaches and enjoy the sun and he waves by swimming!
Swimming has always been one of our most popular summertime sports. From riding the waves as they head into the shore, body surfing, riding those waves on top of your own surfboard, to just plain swimming around in that salty water. Swimming for most of us is what we waited all year round to take advantage of.
But if you sometimes feel a twinge in your hamstrings or maybe your feeling it around your upper shoulder you may be aggravating your rotator cuff. Which can easily happen if you’re not warming up probably with some targeted stretches before you take on those waves.
And what are the key indicators that you may have done something to your rotator cuff?
The rotator cuff comprises a quartet of tendons and muscles that meet at the top of the humerus – (the upper arm bone). Together, they form what is known as the ‘cuff’, holding the arm in place and allowing it to move freely. Despite being one of the more mobile joints, the shoulder is relatively weak, too much pressure can cause tears and swelling in the tendons of the rotator cuff.
Symptoms of rotator cuff injury:
Mild to severe pain
Weakness and tenderness in the shoulder
Difficulty performing some repetitive movements
Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (PRICE) is one of the most recommended approaches for the management of rotator cuff injuries. The aim is to minimize hemorrhage, swelling, inflammation and pain, to provide the best conditions for healing to take place.
Physicool provides the key stages of PRICE in a single reusable bandage, providing protection, cooling and compression for the shoulder injury to help the healing process. A Physicool bandage can be applied to the shoulder and the cooling effect recharged by spraying Physicool Coolant directly onto the bandage while it is in positioned around the pain producing area.
Remember, you don’t have to be out in the ocean swimming for an over extension of one of your muscle groups to cause you some discomfort. It can happen really anywhere. Maybe, your just plain swimming laps in your pool at home or at your local gym or YMCA. Muscle strains can happen anywhere and when they do, you need to get some cold therapy on the injured area right away. Keeping that area iced up, protected so it doesn’t undergo any additional strain or pressure to aggravate it and keeping it elevated, will help to not only immobilize it, while wrapping it in the Physicool Bandage will allow the bandages impregnated cell membranes, infused with alcohol which will aid in greatly reducing the swelling and inflammation, thereby reducing your pain while helping to speed up the recovery process, getting people back up on their feet fast!