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1Zumba has many facets. It can be related to every aspect of our lives; directly or indirectly.
Rika, is a friend of mine, from a Japanese origin. This is a true story: she came to 1Zumba classes to treat two things at a time. That is what she told me. The first one was related to her right shoulder, and the second was related to her nervous system.
Let me tell you few things first about the shoulder joint. While other joints in our body are limited in their motion, the shoulder is a freely moving joint, leaving it vulnerable to injury. There are many different soft tissues in the shoulder including ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Each of these has the ability to be compromised by improper motion or overuse.
These soft tissues all work together to create the movement and strength required for proper function, making diagnosis of the troubled area more difficult. The shoulder has a shallow joint allowing extreme freedom of movement.
There are a number of conditions specifically seen in shoulder-related problems. These include rotator cuff injuries, most ccommonly seen in athletes who throw or use a similar motion such as pitchers, quarterbacks, and tennis players. No one is immune from these injuries, as they may also occur from performing routine tasks that put a sudden strain on the shoulder.
Another common disorder is adhesive capsulitis or “frozen shoulder”, where scar tissue has formed around the shoulder. It is characterized by a dull or aching pain and loss of motion or stiffness in the shoulder.
The superior labral tear or “slap lesion” as it is often called, is an injury to the cartilage that covers the top part of the shoulder socket. This can occur from falling on an outstretched arm but sometimes the cause may be unknown. A patient with this type of injury may have a clicking noise when they move their arm or pain on the front or top of the shoulder.
Although rotator cuff injuries are common among athletes, every day stresses may cause shoulder problems as well.
In aging adults, shoulder impingement syndrome is often seen In this circumstance, blood flow is compromised causing muscle tissue to fray like old rope. Typical symptoms inlcude pain and difficulty reaching behind the back or with overhead use of the arm. If this process contines and blood flow is not restored, further injury may result.
The shoulder is a significant referral site where pain may occur from injuries or conditions existing in the parts of the body, such as the neck, lower back, hip, and leg. Symptoms of cardiovascular disease may also be referred to the shoulder region making the sudden onset of shoulder pain as an issue that should be immediately evaluated.
While the shoulder is the most movable joint in our bodies, it is also one of the most unstable . Frequent problems include sprains, strains, dislocations, tendonitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, fractures and arthritis.
The shoulder is unlike other joints in our bodies, as it is not a true ball and socket like the more stable hip joint. The shoulder is mush more like a golf ball and tee, where the ball can easily slip off due to problems with muscles, tendons or ligaments.
Heavy backpacks have increased the incidence of shoulder pain among children.
Having said that, Rika, my friend had pain in her shoulder, and her physician recommended 1Zumba classes for her, having not reached to a specific reason for the pain she was suffering from, having a hope that with moderate physical movements, a miracle would happen, and the pain would be managed.
Coincidentally, her psychiatric also recommended 1Zumba for her coz she had some anger and depression issues. For a year and half, she said, she attended regularly the classes of 1Zumba in the “Curves” in Pismo Beach, in the Central Coast of California, and she is still going continuously three times a week, and guess what, the results were amazing.
Her shoulder pain has completely disappeared, her depression and anger were gradually improved, and the symptoms are no longer there. She became a newly born healthy person, full of energy, full of smiles, more sociable, more open to life.
So then, what would you call this? I’d call it “1Zumba Magic” or “1Zumba Miracle”! We love you all, and we will get back to you momentarily with even more interesting topic, with plenty of new info. So, after this heavy meal, here’s our hugs 😳