Exercises for Shoulder Pain Relief

Exercises for Shoulder Pain Relief

Millions of people suffer from shoulder pain. Since it is such a common condition, experts have developed exercises and other treatments to expedite your recovery.

Many suffering with shoulder pain

A study in the United Kingdom found that 2.36% of the population visit the doctor about their shoulder pain each year. Out of the 322 million people in the United States, assuming similar occurrence, there should be about 7.6 million people in that category.

That estimate is backed up by statistics from the CDC, which notes that 1.5 million people visit the emergency room in the United States each year because of shoulder pain. Plus, that figure doesn’t even include people who don’t get professional care.

In other words, millions of Americans are suffering from this condition. The good news is that there are exercises and other treatment strategies you can use to restore function and achieve pain relief.

Shoulder circles

Stand with your feet at shoulder-width. Tighten your abs. Breathe out. Roll your shoulders forward to complete an entire circle, and then reverse for a full rotation.

“Y” formation

Lie on the ground facing the ceiling, arms to your sides. Your knees should be bent, and your feet should be flat. Contract your abs. Bring your arms up over your head so that they make a diagonal, forming a “Y” with your spine as the stem.

“Keep your elbows straight and do not arch your back,” explains LiveStrong. “Continue to extend your arms until your thumbs touch the floor.” Maintain the pose for 30 seconds, and then go back to your original position. Do three repetitions.

Frozen shoulder stretch

Inflammation in the shoulder can sometimes lead to adhesive capsulitis, a.k.a. frozen shoulder. A great way to treat frozen shoulder is with the “towel stretch,” which performs a similar action as using a towel to dry your back.

Start with a towel in your left hand. Bring your left arm over your head. The towel should now be hanging behind you. Hold the other end of the towel in your right hand. As you grasp the towel, let the muscles in your right shoulder and arm loosen. “Extend your left arm toward the ceiling and pull your right arm up toward the back of your head,” notes LiveStrong.

"Lower your left arm so that your right arm drops down again.” Now switch to the other side.

Other treatments for pain relief

To stop shoulder pain and restore function, exercises are just one tactic. At Flexogenix, we help our patients achieve an active and pain-free lifestyle by offering innovative non-surgical solutions. Learn more.

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