At school i was always being told to sit up straight with head up and shoulders back! It was part of the ritual of uniformity, but it was also about keeping a healthy posture. This little gem had been lost in my learning until last week when the most frequent presentation was sore shoulders! Here’s the tale:
People tell me that they have sore shoulders and then point to an area where the pain is. This could be the ball and socket joint of the shoulder, but quite often it is the ridge along the top of the shoulder blade or the beneath the shoulder blade. Usually you are rounding your shoulders, letting your head drop forward, and losing healthy posture.
The prevalence of desk based jobs and reliance on mobile technology has encouraged us to remain in static positions for a long time each day. This fixed position increases strain on the muscles or the neck, shoulders and upper back. It also shortens the opposing muscles in the chest.
How can we relieve this pain and readjust our body mechanics to prevent reoccurrence, and regain a normal healthy posture? Massage therapy will relax the muscles in the upper back, neck and shoulders, to increasing blood flow and circulation, and bringing nutrition to muscles and tissues. This helps the muscle to recover from pain, increase it’s flexibility and even improve sleep.
In addition, we will work on stretching the pectoral muscles in the chest to enable the shoulders to sit in alignment once more. Here is an exercise you can do at home to help this process.
Gently press into your right forearm as you lean your left side into the open space of the doorway or room to feel a stretch in your right pec. Hold 15 to 20 seconds and repeat on the other side.
If you have any questions about massage therapy, healthy posture, back pain or anything related to these then please call Reflex Spinal Health, and one of our team of chiropractors, osteopaths and massage therapists will be very pleased to help.
17 Church Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire RG4 7AA
Reflex Spinal Health are a passionate, dynamic spinal health team. We are committed to help as many in our community of Reading, Berkshire and South Oxfordshire to enjoy the vitality of great health, to reach their health goals and feel truly alive! Our chiropractors and osteopaths offer the highest standards of care in a superb environment.