You can get pain in your shoulders, arms and hands when the muscles around your shoulders are “out of balance.” That means some areas of muscle are “tighter” than they should be and some areas are weaker. That is what causes pain.
This video will show you two simple movements that you can do to help re-balance your shoulder muscles.
Do these movements thoughtfully. Take your time. Try to make your circles perfectly. Feel what is happening as you do these moves.
And pay attention to your arm, too. These movements are like having a massage for your arms and shoulder muscles.
If your legs feel weak, or achey, here’s a solution for you.
We were built for movement and when we don’t move enough – when we spend too much time in a chair or car – our leg muscles get out of balance and lose strength. Balance and strength occur when we use our legs. When we use our legs, and they are strong, we feel stable instead of weak.
When your legs are out of balance – some muscles are weaker than others – then you get aches and pains in your legs. When your muscles are out of balance, they pull on the bones in a different way than they are supposed to. This causes arthritis.
Some savvy doctors recommend that their older patients take tai chi classes. Tai chi (pronounced ti-chee) is done standing, and the people who practice it develop strong legs and good balance.
Here’s a simple strengthening movement that you can do at home or anywhere.
Stand near a piece of furniture, like the back of a chair. Stand close enough so that you can use the chair back as a support for one hand, if you need it. (And you will probably need it until your balance improves.)
Lift one foot off the ground, and tuck it behind your other calf.
Let go of the chair and try to balance on the foot that is still on the floor.
Keep your hand very close to the chair back in case you need to support yourself.