Here is a non-drug way to instantly relieve muscle cramps from a clavicle fracture.
One day I experienced a hairline fracture to my clavicle — after having a freak fall while using an exercise stool for high-step aerobics.
Multiple times a day I’d get sudden cramping or a deep aching in the surrounding tissues: deltoid, triceps and the muscles of the scapula such as the middle trapezius.
Instant Relief from Muscle Cramps Caused by Clavicle Fracture
Most people might not ever think to massage the aching area. But that’s what I decided to do.
Give the cramping area your deepest, hardest massage — but do not massage or press down on the clavicle itself.
Knead and work the aching muscles.
For me, one minute or so of this made the cramps disappear — and they would stay gone for quite a while.
There is a caveat to this solution: Your fingers/wrist will fatigue quickly — unless you’re a trained massage therapist, rock climber or piano player.
The good news is that you need to bare with the hand fatigue for only about a minute.
Be vigorous and deep, like an expert massage therapist would be.
For those of you versed in anatomy, you’ll want to get a good kneading of the infraspinatus and teres minor (if these areas are aching).
For those of you familiar with the art of massage, you may discover a few “knots” in these areas. Press upon them and hold for 10 seconds to release them.
No kidding, 100 percent of the time I massaged my shoulder “complex” upon developing cramping or aching in that area, these symptoms full-out disappeared after only a minute or so.
My physical therapist said this was because the massaging promotes circulation — which is reduced when the shoulder is immobile for too long — which a person with a clavicle fracture may feel inclined to do throughout the day.
Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health.
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