Your shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in your body. The ability of the shoulder to move multi-directional is because of an extensive system of muscles and tendons. Imbalances in these muscles can lead to injury.
Poor posture could be the reason for your imbalances. If your shoulders are rolled forward, you are creating tight muscles in the front of the shoulder and weak upper back muscles. Practicing good posture in your daily routine is the easiest way to correct these imbalances. Here are a few tips to work on correcting your posture.
First thing in the morning from a standing position, do 10 slow shoulder rolls by picking your shoulders up as high as they can and rolling backwards feeling the front of your shoulder stretch and your upper back squeeze bringing your shoulder blades together. Make this move more intense by adding your arms. From a standing position, inhale and reach upward and raise your shoulders. On the exhale, start a slow reverse arm circle bringing your shoulder blades together.
Engage your core as often as possible. Simple flex your abs and straighten your back. A weak core and poor posture are two factors for shoulder injury and weak power production.
Neck rolls can loosen the muscles on top of your shoulder. If you are someone who tends to hold your shoulders up towards your ears, neck rolls can help you relax. Tilt your head to each side while taking deep breaths. With each exhale, try to release your muscles and relax your shoulders back and down.
Door stretches can help correct posture. Stand in a doorway with hands placed shoulder height on either side of the door. Slowly lean forward and feel a stretch in the front of your shoulder. Do these 5-10 times before bedtime.
If you sleep on your side, hold a pillow to keep your shoulders from slouching inward. Best is to sleep on your back but if you are a side sleeper, use this trick.
Your weight room routine can also correct posture and improve arm strength. Check out my arm care program for more helpful exercises.
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