A Natural Approach To Health
Living With A Rotator Cuff Tear
I had a question the other day about rotator cuff tears.
The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons and muscles that meet around the top of your upper arm bone.
Together, they form a ”cuff” that both holds your arm in place and allows it to move in different directions.
While your shoulder is one of your most mobile joints, it’s also somewhat weak.
Too much stress can cause partial tears and swelling in the tendons of your rotator cuff.
Stress may even cause one of the tendons to pull away from the bone or tear in the middle of the tendon.
Most rotator cuff tears develop gradually.
But they also can happen suddenly — you might feel a pop, intense pain, and weakness in your arm.
As bad as these injuries can be, the good news is many rotator cuff tears heal on their own.
You just need to give them a little time.
To deal with rotator cuff tears it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily, whether thirsty or not.
*Boswellia and bromelain both reduce inflammation.
*Meadowsweet and willow bark, combined in equal measure and taken 3 times daily, help with inflammation.
*Consider Horsetail herb tea or extract.
*Explore the use of Arnica (homeopathic remedy).
*Go on a 7-day raw-food diet, followed by a 3-day cleansing fast.
*Eat no processed foods or any form of sugar.
*Eat fresh (not canned) pineapple and/or papaya because they contain enzymes that reduce inflammation.
*Eliminate acid-forming food and drinks (coffee, soda pop, dairy, red meat, processed foods, white flour products)
*To relieve pain, use hot castor oil packs. Place castor oil in a pan and heat, but don’t boil it. Dip a piece of cheesecloth or other white cotton material into the oil until the cloth is saturated. Apply the cloth to the affected area and cover it with a piece of plastic that’s larger in size than the cotton cloth. Place a heating pad over the plastic and use it to keep the pack warm. Keep the pack in place for one-half to 2 hours, as needed.
*You may need to abstain from activity and get plenty of rest. When engaging in physical activity, don’t push yourself too hard or too long. If you’re in pain, stop. Try to find activities that don’t exacerbate the pain, like walking.
*If you’re overweight, begin a weight loss program.
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