The fact is that hunching over computers, laptops and smartphones all day long creates a never-ending reserve of shoulder tension. I’m a naturally flexible person and I barely stretch my lower body to stay limber, but I need to constantly work to relieve my shoulder tightness so I’m able to have a relatively pain-free existence.
People often resort to stretching to relieve their shoulder tension, but if you have trigger points in the muscles that surround your shoulder joints, it’s not going to do you much good. You can work with your trigger points manually if you know how, but doing self-myofascial release with a foam roller is an easy option.
Below is a good Youtube video form Elle Bieling from BodyWindow.com. It shows you how to foam roll all the muscles surrounding your shoulder joint – deltoids, teres muscles, lats, heads of the pectoral muscles.
The interesting thing I’ve noticed when I’ve been working with my shoulders is that I really need to work all the muscles that surround the shoulder joint. For example, I have loads of trigger points in my deltoid muscles(!) and releasing them seems to improve my hunched posture immediately. It might even help with a frozen shoulder.
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