Shoulder pain from exercise, recreation, desk work and sports is very common.
Typically the pain you feel is not the result of some traumatic injury or one specific moment, but instead results from an accumulation of improper loads, positions, movements and postures. Thankfully, your shoulders can become pain free and ready to take on any challenge by incorporating a few mobility drills each day, or prior to workouts.
Shoulder health comes down to two main factors; spacing and control. We must move in such a way that appropriate space is given to the structures operating the ball and shoulder joint and have control of the shoulder blade to maintain proper position at rest, at work or during exercise. This sounds simple but its not when you throw into the picture what happens to the spacing after you commute to work, sit at desk, stare at your phone and what happens to your control when exercising with heavy loads or high levels of fatigue.
These five drills are meant to both counteract the effects of modern life on your posture and tissue mobility and prepare you for any job duties, or workouts that require significant upper body work. If you need a little more help from a mobility tool, we here at Movement Guides designed, manufacture and sell the T-Dot Mobility System. The T-Dot is easily hung in your gym, home or office and can provide you with much needed relief in a couple of minutes. Learn more about the system here.
These movements do not take too much time and if done correctly can help resolve current shoulder issues and definitely help you prevent future one.