Welcome, we’re here at Body Works Sports Physiotherapy with Holly. She’s going to help us demonstrate some pressure point release for the shoulder to loosen up tightness.
Behind the shoulder
- Start with the ball behind your shoulder, finding the tender spot or pressure point where you feel the muscle is tight
- At first you can do a bit of just pressure into it, breathing and imagining it softening
- Then rolling around in a circular motion, trying to get a bit of mobility in the tissue.
- Once that starts to loosen up a bit, then you can do a horizontal rolling at the back of the shoulder blade, rolling back and forth to get some rotator cuff muscles to loosen.
This is a really nice release for the shoulder, if you have any kind of rotator cuff pain or shoulder pain. Next we’re going to move around to do a point on the front of the shoulder, into the pectoralis muscle or the chest muscle.
Front of the Shoulder
- Put the ball in front of you at the wall in front of the shoulder where your chest is, and putting some pressure
- Often this is a really tender spot for people, so we start with just pressure point first and then some gentle rolling.
- You don’t want to be too aggressive on putting pressure through the chest area.
- After you do the pressure point you should feel that your mobility is a little bit better. Then you can do a little bit of rolling around to get the tissue moving better.