The shoulders are somewhere we feel pain even though the origin maybe somewhere else. Tightness in the hands, arms, neck, back, glutei and hamstrings can be felt as shoulder pain. We also carry a lot on our shoulders, physically and metaphorically, so taking good care of this area of the body is a must.
One common shoulder issue is caused by raising them up too high. After a stint on the computer, driving or preparing food, it can feel as though our shoulders are somewhere near our ears. One way to address this is to put your hands behind your back, put one hand in another and pull downwards. This reminds your shoulders they can return to their rightful place under your neck.
Taking the shoulder joint in all the directions it will go helps the muscles attached to it to loosen and it keeps the joint flexible. You can roll the shoulder forward and back and lift it up and down. You can go a step further and move the whole arm forwards and backwards and hold it up then down. Pretend you’re swimming and do the motions for front crawl and backstroke. In fact, swimming is excellent exercise for the shoulders, backstroke is particularly good if you spend a lot of time with your shoulders forward (e.g. at a desk or driving).
Many of the activities we do pull the shoulders forward. To help ease them back into right alignment, we can remind the muscles on the front of the body to activate to draw the shoulders back. One way to do this is to open up the front of the body and stretch the Pectoralis Minor muscles. You can do this by putting your hands either side of a doorway and stepping through, or by standing in front of a wall with one foot slightly out in front, and reaching behind with the opposite hand, leaning it on the wall and turning to face front. You’ll feel a stretch where the arm and torso meet.
Here’s more shoulder exercises from Darebee.com:
This information is designed for use in consultation with a trained massage professional. You attempt without supervision at your own risk, so go gentle and take care.