Most neck, mid-back and shoulder issues come from internal rotators (muscles that connect to the front of your shoulders) pulling you forward and making it hard to have good, upright posture.
As these muscles gradually become shorter and shorter over the years (creating an imbalance between the muscles in the front of your body that do most of the work…and the muscle in back which support you and hold you up) you may start to suffer from:
– Headaches (that aren’t chemically or hormonally driven)
– Burning and aching between the shoulder blades or into your neck
– Shoulder pain that either radiates down into the arm or restricts movement and your ability to throw a ball with your friends or kids
Our bodies mold to what we do day after day and for extended periods of time.
So if our clients are sitting at the computer, on the phone or in meetings…they’re most likely reaching forward a lot and shortening these muscles…and almost never reaching back to create balance.
Basically for every time we reach forward, we should reach back, but we don’t…and this helps to create imbalance and poor posture.
You posture amazingly affects your pain and discomfort, your energy levels, your ability to focus and concentrate, your immune system, your mood, and many other functions we’d never imagine.
Add this daily stretch to help improve posture and relieve pain
To help create some balance, relieve shoulder, neck and mid-back pain and just feel better, have your clients try this gentle stretch below at some point every day when they’re standing and talking to someone:
Standing: hands behind the back
Optimal anatomical position is shoulders gently back, chin tucked and palms forward, but that isn’t realistic. So instead of crossing your arms in front or putting them in your pockets when you’re standing…
Interlace your fingers like this behind your back, with palms up, and gently (not forced) pull your shoulders back and down to open your chest
You should feel a light stretch in the front of your shoulders, which in time will help you improve your posture. As with any stretch, less is more…so be gentle and don’t force it…but be persistent.
If you have a hard time performing this, it probably means you should do a little less bench press and a few more back exercises.
We reach forward hundreds of times a day, so it’s important to have tools that can help us create some front to back balance. And your posture is the number one thing people notice about you, so use this stretch to condition yourself and your clients to stand up straight.