by Stuart Galise
If you can’t remember a specific injury then its probably either being generated by your neck or there is a degree of imbalance around your shoulder muscles. Try the stretch below for 30 seconds at least twice daily to see if it helps. This will allow you to work out if you need to either book a session or make contact to see if there is something else that needs to done.
Shoulder problems that develop slowly over time are often related to your posture and aspects of what you do on a daily basis to put yourself in the line of fire.
Do you drive for long period? Or are you a sedentary office worker chained to the PC? Well the problem may well lie in your neck and simple further stretches can help resolve the problem, often this stretch alone will help keep your symptoms at bay and stop them from getting worse.
Are you a gym user who maybe doesn’t stretch as often as you should? Don’t worry we’re all guilty of this as the exercise if the fun part, a lot more so that the stretches afterwards. Often the problem lies with certain muscles that become tight (by training with weights) to dominate and prevent other ‘stabilising’ muscles from working properly. If you take the tight musculature out of the equation often the problem is resolved fairly quickly by allowing other muscles to work properly.
The stretch: place the hand of the problem shoulder on your hip, roll your shoulder backwards feeling a stretch at the front of your chest/shoulder then move your head away to increase the stretch. If this brings on a stretch in the area that you feel your symptoms then this is an indication that the stretch is more likely to be effective.
Don’t continue using this stretch if it’s obvious it is not helping or making your shoulder problem worse, we are happy to talk with you about how to resolve your shoulder problem and will always have time to answer your queries by phone or email. Please don’t feel like you are bothering us. It’s what we do!
Physioimpulse Chartered Physiotherapists