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.
All day long we are very often stuck in one position. Our shoulders get tired and ache.
If we are a new mom, the position we are stuck in might be holding our baby. If we work at a desk, it could be leaning over the desk. If we are a mechanic or line worker or cook, it is using our hands in front of us all day while we look at our work or project.
So, our shoulders and heads get “stuck” in front of us.
Our poor back suffers as a result. Muscles don’t like being in that position.
To lift your head, pretend a hook is pulling you skyward. The hook is attached to your breastbone, near the top of your chest.
To do really nice things for your shoulders, lift them up and roll them back and down. Since our shoulders are in front of our bodies all day, instead of out to our sides where they belong, moving them backward – toward our spine – is a good counter-move for them.