Today I want to touch on what I call ‘plasterers’ neck.
Plasterers typically need to hold large panels of plaster board with both arms out-stretched. You also apply this to glaziers, sheet metal workers or anyone who needs to stretch to hold large awkward items.
These people present with upper mid back, upper shoulder and/or neck pain sometimes with radiations down the arm.
At first glance, the Chiropractor may look to the upper thoracic spine and associated muscles however, in my experience the real culprit is the collar bone.
Let me explain.
Your collar bone sits between the breast bone and shoulder. It rotates on its horizontal axis when you raise your shoulder either frontwards or sideways.
If the articulation at the breast bone is not working properly this will create all manner of problems, least of which are those mentioned above.
Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘I have also noticed this joint or what we call an extremity subluxation complex is often missed.’
In my practice, I use three methods to restore movement here. Firstly, using an activator or adjusting instrument. I’m sure you’ve seen your Chiro pull this out, we often call it a ‘clicker’. This is placed on the joint (pretty vulnerable location) and usually works well to restore motion. The second method is more manual and not for the faint-hearted. It also works well. There is a third method which involves using a ‘drop table’, and again can be fairly intimidating.
All 3 methods work really well and create a domino effect on restoring the upper spine and shoulder movement.
These professions, however, will tend to present regularly with the same problem. It’s just the nature of the job.
Talk to your Chiro if this sounds like you.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor, married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.