Shoulder issues are the number one problem that I see in both my clients and students.
The pain is not the problem
My theory is because most people move less than they used to and the things they spend their time on involve the same type of movements (aka repetitive). This becomes a learned pattern (more on this in another post) which is the culprit for causing the pain in the first place.
First, lack of movement
We have become a sedentary society. You probably hear this on a regular basis.
Second, same position for hours
This is a real problem because when we sit, we sit for long periods of time.
And, when we sit, we sit in the same position – on a chair or on the couch – for long periods of time.
Standing desks are not a solution
Now, some of you have chosen to use a standing desk at work. While this seems to be a good idea, you’re now standing for long periods of time vs sitting. And…if you’re wearing anything but a minimalist shoe, even if it’s just a tiny heel, you’re changing the natural alignment of your posture. This goes for men as well as women.
Your assignment is to MOVE!
When you’re sitting or standing at your desk, set a timer for 30 minutes. When it goes off, do some squats, jumping jacks, wave your arms around in the air. Dance, even if you think you can’t – just move your body.
At lunch time – take a relaxing walk, even if it’s only15 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how energized you feel after and it gives your brain a chance to focus on something else.
Don’t look down at the ground when you’re walking – look ahead, look to the sides, look up.
If possible, find a natural area to walk in. Breathe deeply as you walk. Don’t listen to music or a podcast. Just look to the distance – look up in the air, look for birds, look for planes, heck, look for superwoman!
Be sure to share this with someone you know who is suffering from shoulder aches or pain.