Factors That Cause Shoulder Pain in Women; How to Manage it Through Nutrition

Shoulder pain in women: What are the causes? How to treat it?

Shoulder pain or discomfort is a very common ailment present among men and women equally. Shoulder pain is very discomforting as it restricts our movement and mobility in this vital joint. 

Reason for shoulder pain in women 

Shoulder pains have been increasingly seen in women and the reason for this could be very varied

  1. The major reason for shoulder pain is a sedentary lifestyle. Long hours of desk work with very little to no movement can lead to shoulder muscles becoming rigid and this can cause shoulder pain. 
  2. Poor posture is another major reason for shoulder pain these days. Even while walking or while working on our computer, we do not take care of the minimum distance, proper alignment, or good ergonomics, because of which leads to strain and stiffness in our shoulders.
  3. The stressors in our life will always have a physical impact on our bodies. The shoulder and the neck area are one of the biggest indications of stressed life. A very rigid shoulder and neck area proves that there is a lot more tension and stressors in life. If you go to a chiropractor or a masseuse you will see that they focus on these areas and the knots that need to be resolved so that the pain can go away. 
  4. Incorrect motions and overuse of our shoulders can also be another reason for shoulder pain. Stretching routines, yoga if not or even running and work or if not done correctly can cause pain in this area.
  5.  Hormonal changes are another reason in women that can cause shoulder pain. This can especially happen during pregnancy and menopause. 
  6. Other age-related factors such as healthy weight can also lead to shoulder pain. 

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How can we manage shoulder pain through nutrition? 

  1. One of the most important things to manage shoulder pain nutrition is having enough calcium and vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D help in maintaining strong bones, especially the shoulder joints. Adults and women should consume more products that are rich in calcium and vitamin D such as milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs and green vegetables. 
  2. Protein is also very important for our strong muscle growth. Including things like lentils, fish, chicken, beans, and yoghurt in our diet can help in giving the body a good amount of amino acids for the growth of muscles. 
  3. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish like salmon, tuna and sardines. They are anti-inflammatory and are extremely helpful in reducing shoulder discomfort. Flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and fish oil are also other good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. 
  4. Regular stretching and exercise are under guidance and in the correct way is another way through which shoulder pain can be managed. 
  5. Hydration is extremely important for joint health and lubricating shoulder joints and facilitating movement. It is important that women also avoid drinks that are high in caffeine, such as coffee or tea.

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Harshita Bajaj

Harshita has a background in Psychology and Criminology and is currently pursuing her PhD in Criminology. She can be found reading crime thrillers (or any other book for that matter) or binge-watching shows on Netflix when she is not in hibernation.
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