When I treat pregnant women, almost all of them have shoulder stiffness.
Why their shoulders get stiffness?
I’ll explain the mechanism of shoulder stiffness.
- About Shoulder Stiffness
- The Characteristics of People with Shoulder Stiffness
- About Autonomic Nervous System
- What Happens when the Autonomic Nervous System Disorder?
- How to treat the Autonomic Nervous System Disorder?
About Shoulder Stiffness
According to a survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, shoulder stiffness was the second most common subjective symptom in men.
Surprisingly, it was the most common in women.
I think you might have shoulder stiffness, too.
Medical doctors don’t treat shoulder stiffness because it isn’t an illness, so I know shoulder stiffness makes you stressful.
The Characteristics of People with Shoulder Stiffness
I’ll explain the characteristics of people with shoulder stiffness.
Can you guess the cause?
It is wondered thing because even if you didn't use muscles so hard like in sport, your shoulders get stiffness.
I often hear the predictions the cause of shoulder stiffness is muscle contraction.
It seems one of the causes, but there is a bigger cause.
It’s autonomic nervous system
About Autonomic Nervous System
The human body has the function of adjusting the internal environment to keep the optimum condition to live.
It’s called Homeostasis.
For example, it is a function such as keeping body temperature and blood pressure constant.
Autonomic nervous system assumes a role of these function.
Autonomic nerves have two kind of nerves, sympathetic nerve and parasympathetic nerve.
When you are vitality, the sympathetic nerve is working.
On the other hand, when you are relaxing, the parasympathetic nerve is working. there are some situations when the sympathetic nerve is working.
Those nerves work well in balance, but some habit make sympathetic nerve active and break those balance.
What Happens when the Autonomic Nervous System Disorder?
When the sympathetic nerve is dominant you are always excited, and your blood vessels will be constricted.
If that condition is continued, your muscles get stiffness
The muscle stiffness causes feeling fatigue or pain.
And feeling fatigue or pain causes stress.
One you get in such like this negative cycle, your shoulder muscle will be stiffer and stiffer.
Especially there are many stresses around pregnant women, so their sympathetic system will be broken easily.
That’s why all most all of pregnant women have shoulder stiffness.
How to treat the Autonomic Nervous System Disorder?
Just making yourself relaxing.
There are some good ways to make yourself relaxing.
Please try them if you can’t make yourself relaxing.
I wrote about shoulder stiffness caused unbalance of autonomic nervous system.
Of course, there are other causes such as fatigue of eyes or muscles.
If you feel your shoulder stiffness is caused from unbalance of autonomic nervous system, please take care of yourself.
I wrote about autonomic nervous system itself, please read it.