Do you suffer from shoulder pain? Maybe you are doing something at work that is irritating it. Maybe you hurt it when helping a friend move, or maybe you are just sleeping in a bad position. Here are some recommended home remedies from the Stone Clinic, an orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation center.
What does releasing your neck have to do with shoulder pain? Every muscle in your body is connected. If you sit up straight and slowly lower your chin you will feel tension in the back of your neck. Slowly lean your head to one side, and you will feel a stretch in the opposite shoulder. Hold this position for up to a minute and then repeat on the other side. Genesis Ortho recommends repeating on both sides up to 5 times.
If you are having trouble with your right shoulder, hold your right hand out in front of you at waist height. Then take your left hand and reach it behind your elbow and pull your right arm across your chest. Hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds and then rest. Repeat 3 to 5 times for the best results. Reverse this exercise if the pain is in the left shoulder.
Hold a band, rope or strap behind your back with both hands. Gently draw your shoulders back while lifting your chin towards the ceiling. Breath in for 10 to 15 seconds and then rest. For best results, repeat up to 5 times.
Stand in a doorway and raise your arms so your elbows form a 90-degree angle at your shoulders. Place your hands on the side of the door frames and stand so one foot is forward and your body is standing tall with a straight back and neck. Lean forward and use the door frame to brace yourself. Hold this position for up to 30 seconds.
Sometimes the answer to aches and pains is as easy as standing up straight. You may not realize that when you are sitting, you are hunched over and are slouching your shoulders. It is important to always check in with yourself and that the head, shoulders, knees, ankles and toes are all aligned. If you think of keeping your shoulder blades up and back, you may see a big difference.
You may be sleeping all wrong and not even know it. Try this sleeping position and see if it helps. Lay on the side without any pain and place a pillow under your neck and also put a pillow in front of the body so you can prop up your arm.
Try these 8 tips and see if you feel a difference. While your body is your temple, going to the doctor is expensive. Maybe you can nip the shoulder pain in the bud with these home remedies before you spend a whole lot of money.