Mid-Michigan PT: How Strong Shoulders Relieve Headaches

Overall, a memorable experience, but probably won’t be repeated! MACKINAW ISLAND ON NEW YEAR’S DAY!

Many of you have of course visited Mackinaw Island during the summer season and you have experienced the bustling downtown, the waft of island fudge, and the sound of horses trotting by! For our part (after some convincing from some friends), Glenda and I decided to visit the island to celebrate New Year’s Eve! So, the island is quite different in the winter. Less than 1,000 people live on the island during the winter, all the locals get around on snow mobiles, almost all businesses are closed (except the pubs) and only a few hotels are open and when we were there, it was VERY COLD and snowy. For our part, we got some exercise and hiked up to the Grand Hotel (which of course is closed) to take in a view of the Mackinaw Bridge. Getting back and forth to the island, was perhaps the most noteworthy part of our ‘adventure’. We took the Chippewa back and forth to the island from St. Ignace, while it had to cut thru’ inches of ice to make the trip possible.

EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Try these simple exercises to help with shoulder pain... Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

SCAPULAR RETRACTION Squeeze shoulder blades together and down- hold for 3 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

PRONE THORACIC EXTENSION Squeeze shoulder blades together and lift head and shoulders off table. Repeat 10 times

LOWER TRAPEZIUS STRENGTHENING Lie on stomach, arm hanging down over edge of bed, keeping elbow straight, lift entire arm with thumb facing toward ceiling up toward head. Repeat 10 times on each side.



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