Do you often find yourself massaging your own stiff neck?
When people feel the need to massage the upper shoulders, it is due to muscles working inefficiently in the upper back. The effects of poor posture (slouched middle back, forward head position) create muscle imbalances in the region. For example, when a person sits for several hours working on the computer, the muscles on the front of the shoulder are short and stiff. Contrarily, the muscles on the back of the shoulder have been placed on stretch. As this person attempts to workout after being in a poor posture, the muscles have difficulty adapting to the demands of the workout. While many muscles may be at fault for upper shoulder tension, a common culprit is the upper trapezius muscle.
The key to reducing tension in the upper shoulders is to strengthen the middle & lower trapezius while keeping the middle back healthy and mobile.
In the videos below, I provide simple tips and exercises to assist with reducing tension in the upper shoulders. Ultimately, improved postural awareness will be the long term solution.
If you are experiencing shoulder or neck symptoms, contact Heafner Health today! Either physical therapy or a corrective exercise session can help your symptoms.
Jim Heafner PT, DPT, OCS