The shoulder is one part of the human body that has a wide range of motion. This is why it isn’t very surprising that when something goes wrong with your shoulder, it significantly affects your ability to move freely and do many things. More often than not, it also causes a great deal of pain and discomfort.
Your shoulders can get injured by playing sports, doing manual labor, or simply performing repetitive movements. There are certain diseases and medical conditions, such as diseases of the cervical spine, liver, and heart, that include shoulder pain as their symptoms, too. You’re likely to injure your shoulder as you get older. As a matter of fact, shoulder pain is common among people 60 years old and above.
If you suffer from chronic shoulder pain, you don’t have to immediately resort to surgery to eliminate pain. Orthopedic surgeon John M. Kirsch offers a simple solution to this very common yet painful problem: by going ape.
According to him, man is the fifth ape. Apes, such as the gorilla, chimpanzee, orangutan, and gibbon, brachiate or swing from trees. When we came down from the trees and evolved into modern humans 30,000 years ago, Dr. Kirsch said we stopped brachiating even if we still have the shoulders of an ape. As a result, our shoulders that are supposed to brachiate become weak and more prone to injuries.
As such, to treat and prevent shoulder injuries, we must do what are ape “cousins” are doing and that is to brachiate.
Dr. Kirsch has developed a simple protocol that simulates brachiating. To treat shoulder pain through brachiating, two important elements must be observed: hanging or partial hanging from a pull-up bar and performing light weightlifting with dumbbells. Doing these simple exercises can cure 99% of shoulder pain.
Another advantage of this kind of shoulder pain treatment is that it is almost cost-free. Unlike with conventional treatments such as physical therapy and surgery, you don’t have to pay a significant amount of money just to get relief from shoulder pain. Dr. Kirsch said all you need is a branch on a tree and a brick. If you have monkey bars in your yard, you may use them, too.
But just like with any exercise program, it’s vital to proceed with caution to avoid severe pain. This is particularly true if you lack exercise or you’re completely out of shape. Dr. Kirsch recommends starting slow before proceeding to more advanced movements. For instance, if you can’t completely hang on the branch or monkey bar with both your feet completely off the floor, you can do a partial hang by keeping your feet either on a stool or the floor. Then, slowly put pressure on your shoulder.
Brachiating may be painful at first. But don’t you worry, because it won’t exacerbate your shoulder injury. Dr. Kirsch said you must just accept the initial pain and before you know it, your shoulder will get better.
Apart from helping eliminate shoulder pain, brachiating also offers other benefits such as:
- Improved grip and forearm strength
- Stronger shoulder muscles
- Scapular stabilization
- Spine decompression
If you have shoulder issues, make sure to give this simple routine a try. In case your shoulders are in excellent condition, start giving them the attention they deserve by hanging and doing pull-ups regularly. Not only can they make your arms and shoulders strong, they can also help you avoid shoulder injuries in the future.