3 Common Upper Body Issues
1. Upper Trapezius Dominance
Daily stress can cause your shoulders to ‘hike’ up which increases tension in your neck and upper back. This can lead to muscle spasms and interrupt the way your shoulder blades move. Which can, in turn, lead to major shoulder problems.
2. Winged Scapula (shoulder blade)
There are many reasons for this – which should be addressed or the pain will remain. Often certain muscles are in spasm – tests can identify which muscles need to be released to improve function and therefore reduce or remove any pain.
3. Rounded Shoulders
I see this problem quite often in Pilates classes. As the instructor I have the chance to see where my clients have difficulty in moving arms overhead, and through many shoulder movements.
Simple tests can identify which muscles are working too hard, causing limited movement through some joints. Exercises can, if practised regularly, reduce or remove this pain and improve joint mobility.
It’s important to understand that
Chronic Pain is Common NOT Normal.
This rule holds true in training OR in Ageing!
So, next time your neck pain occurs consider what you are doing, how you sleep, how you sit at your desk, when on your computer or tablet ……