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.