“Hi, I’m Dr. Lance Labno, doctor of physical therapy and licensed massage therapist. This video is part of an ongoing series where I show you how to find practical solutions for your shoulder injury with a recent AC Joint separation, shoulder injury, or rotator cuff injury. I struggled with the same thing until I discovered how to properly use my muscles to stabilize the joint. In the first video, I showed you how to put on a shirt and take it off. The previous video, I showed you how to shave. In this video, I’m going to show you how to wash your hair.
What you’ll need to wash your hair when you have an AC joint separation is: 1) shampoo, 2) a sink, 3) a mirror and possibly a chair/stool 4) And, of course, dirty, oily hair. However, before we start, here’s the question of the day:
What’s your favorite exercise for improving shoulder mobility?
If you have one, I’d like to hear it in the comments below.
Okay, you ready? Let’s go. All right, it’s been about five or six days since your AC joint separation, and you’re so worried about moving your shoulder that you don’t even want to shower. But don’t worry! I’m here to show you a simple way to wash your hair. You can stabilize your shoulder and get your hair cleaned at the same time. We’re going to do this right now!
First, let’s get some water. Try to find the right temperature. Right, now what you’re going to do is get your hair wet a little bit. Let’s go underneath the cold water.
Did you know that I’m pushing my elbow into the sink, which provides some stabilization.
Now, as long as I push my hands together and my hands are touching my head, I’m going to help stabilize that shoulder. It will not hurt here because I’ll be pushing my hands together, touching my hair, and cushioning my shoulder so that it doesn’t feel painful at all. Making sure I get a little spot in my hair is not the hardest part; it’s putting your fingers together as you bring your arm down.
Let the Shampoo soak!
And then put your hands under your head, pushing in. I’ll gently move my hand over my head. Well, I think that I’m about done. I’ve got a little towel next to me. I’ll wash my face, and if you notice, I’m pushing my hand on my head the whole time, and when I’m done, putting my hands together.
And there we’re going! Alright, thanks for watching; any questions, put in the comments down below.”