A Physio’s Guide to Swimming with Shoulder Pain

shoulder pain swimming Sep 28, 2021

Whether it is in the local aquatic centre, on the beaches of Tahiti or in the cold Winter water of Sydney beaches, swimming is great! However, there are a few things sometimes associated with swimming that are not so great – one of those being shoulder pain. Whether you have a history of shoulder pain, or simply want to avoid any complications in your return to swimming, we hope the below programs can provide you a bit of a guide through these potential obstacles. 

 

What are the benefits of swimming?

  • Aerobic: There are many benefits associated with any form of aerobic exercise such as weight control, improved mood, improved sleep and a decrease in blood pressure.
  • Lower limb load: For those experiencing pain in lower limb joints, or just trying to give the legs a day off between sessions, swimming provides a creative way to maintain cardiovascular fitness with very minimal weight on the lower limb. 
  • Full body workout: Swimming recruits muscles in the upper and...
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Shoulder Pain

pain shoulder pain Aug 19, 2021

Have you ever considered which of the joints in your body is the most important? 

It’s a difficult question… but if I had to answer, the humble shoulder would be right up there. Why’s that? Well consider what life would be like if you couldn’t move your arms at all and they were simply stuck by your sides. Being able to move our hands to manipulate objects, bring food to our mouth, or to communicate are very important abilities for humans.

Where does most of that movement come from? The shoulder!

The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in our body. We can reach right up over our head, behind our back and out in front. When we don’t have any shoulder problems, it can be easy to take for granted just how much we use them. Unfortunately, many people over 50 experience shoulder problems that limit their ability to do daily tasks, the things they love and exercise.

Now there are many different causes of shoulder pain like rotator cuff problems,...

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