Can Yoga help a Torn Rotator Cuff Injury

by Melissa West on April 1, 2013

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Sandra Jackson torn rotator cuff, born spurs impinging the nerves – in shoulder

Dear Sandra, This is a great question. Rotator cuff injuries are quite serious and it is important that you work with your medical doctor and get a referral to a physical therapist because if you have a rotator cuff tear and you keep using your shoulder you may increase the tear and cause it to get larger over time. Working with a qualified physical therapist on your specific tear and bone spurs will help you to reduce pain and restore normal functioning of your shoulder. Only by examining your specific tear and looking at your medical history, activity level, and overall health will your doctor and physical therapist know best the kind of treatment plan to put together for you.

How can yoga help you? While you are resting this is your time to meditate. You can take some time to explore the mind/body connection of your shoulder. What is your shoulder trying to tell you? As you sit in meditation tune into your shoulder, ask your shoulder what it wants you to know? Sit and listen to your shoulder it is trying to tell you something.

There are two books that I love that explore the connection between our bodies, minds and emotions. Firstly Deb Shapiro’s Your Body Speaks Your Mind and secondly, Lis Bourbeau’s Your Body’s Telling You: Love Yourself.

Both of these books speak about “Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.” They speak about taking on the burdens of others rather than listening to your own inner needs. Let go of these perceived obligations and put down this weight – it is perhaps literally tearing you apart. Take this time while you are injured to meditate on what it is that you want.

When you ask what kind of yoga you can to help your injury right now I would recommend taking this time for meditation. While you are out of commission practice whatever kind of meditation appeals to you. Why not take this time for loving kindness meditation? Maybe yoga nidra? (sleep yoga). Yoga comes in many forms and meditation is a beautiful form to calm your mind and soothe your heart.

We have an introduction to meditation series on my membership site.

Here is a link to an episode of Namaste Yoga where we did Yoga Nidra
We have several versions of Yoga Nidra on my membership site, including one infused with loving kindness:

I also have a whole Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat on my Membership site.

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