Sore shoulders make me want to run and get a massage more than anything else! Tightness spreading across your shoulders, feeling knots (AKA “adhesions”) – not fun for anyone at any time.
But, not everyone can just hop over to a brilliant massage therapist as we please (sad, but true). So, what is the best option to work through shoulder pain and get relief from aches and pains?
Thankfully, there are some great options for shoulder pain remedies that you can do in the comfort of your own home. I actually developed an entire course based around self-massage techniques (check out Issues In Your Tissues if you’re interested in even more amazingly easy home massage methods) and have included the entire shoulder myofascial self-massage section right here for you!
Myofascial you say? Sounds…complex and otherworldly?
I promise you, it is a very simple concept that has been proven to work wonders in maintaining muscular health and wellness. Myofascial release is a form of therapy used to treat skeletal muscle immobility and pain. The treatment works by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles and muscle groups.
And while myofascial release and therapy are used in Physical Therapy offices around the globe, there are luckily a lot of myofascial techniques that you can do right at home, starting with this one. Designed to help you release shoulder tension and overcome pain, this self-massage is easy and requires zero props or tools. Perfection!
Give it a try right now and soothe those shoulders!
- Stiff, tight or painful upper shoulder musculature.
- Can help to decrease adhesions (“knots”) in the upper shoulders.
- May decrease upper shoulder pain and discomfort.
- Before and after workouts or sports activities.
- After prolonged sitting, frequent overhead reaching, or holding the neck in one position for a long period of time or very frequently.
- Can be used every other day. You want the tissues to rest a day in between.
- Can be performed lying down (more pressure) or against a wall (less pressure).
- Apply deep, SLOW pressure. (It’s going to be very tender!)
- Can be applied for up to 5 minutes at a time.
- Back off on pressure if too tender or uncomfortable (it will start off this way until the tissues are used to it!)
- If you experience tingling, burning, or sharp shooting pain, please discontinue. I advise you to seek evaluation from a healthcare provider should you experience these symptoms.
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