Our shoulders form the foundation of our mobility, being the most mobile joint in our body. From lifting, reaching, or holding items, our shoulders do it all. It is hence easy to strain it with the multitude of actions we carry out with our shoulders, and shoulder pain can disrupt our lives in more ways than you can imagine. Thankfully, you can take steps to relieve such pain! Today, we bring you 3 exercises for your shoulder pain. The icing on the cake? These exercises can be done anytime and anywhere. No equipment is required for these exercises, so do it wherever you are and whenever you feel like it!
Arm Across The Chest
This exercise aims to stretch out your shoulders and reduce any stiffness or ache you might be feeling. Hold your right hand in front of you and diagonally across your body. Use your left hand to support your arm behind your elbow while pulling your right arm diagonally left across your chest. You can conduct this exercise for 30 to 50 seconds, then release your arms. You can repeat this exercise five times. After you are done holding your right hand in front of you, switch to holding your left hand diagonally to the right instead. To switch it up, you can alternate the left and right hand.
The neck stretch aims to reduce any stiffness in your neck that can travel down to your shoulders and result in shoulder stiffness and pain. This exercise can be done sitting or standing. While sitting or standing up straight, drop your head forwards facing your lap. You should be able to feel it at the back of your neck. Like a rotating fan, lean your head towards the left and right to feel the stretch in your right and left shoulders respectively. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds to a minute on each side.
The pendulum exercise serves to improve flexibility, reduce pain and increase your range of motion. While standing, lean over with one arm supported on a flat surface, such as a table or chair. Relax your arm on the side that you feel pain in, allowing it to hang and dangle straight down. With the arm you feel pain in, draw circles in the air by letting gravity sway your arm. If possible, try to do it in anticlockwise circles as well to work your arm out as much as it can. Repeat this exercise 7 to 10 times.
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