Do you have tight and sore shoulders or upper back? Try out video tips using a foam roller to help loosen up your shoulders, improve mobility in the shoulder and upper back and relieve shoulder pain and upper back pain.
Hi this is Dana Ranahan at Body Works Sports Physiotherapy in North Vancouver and today I wanted to show you a foam rolling technique you can do quickly to help get rid of some tension around the shoulder area that happens often when we sit at work for a long time or sometimes if you’re carrying heavy things or a purse or a backpack on your shoulder. So when we use a foam roller, one of the things you can do is come onto your side (you can come a little closer) and we’re going to bring the foam roller into the arm pit area. So it’s almost as if you’re watching TV on your side and this will get at some of the muscles in the back of the shoulder blade in through here, so your lat muscles and the back of the rotator cuff, this is a good one to help work on rolling out this area. So if it’s really super tight and sore, you can at first just put some pressure onto it and try to get it to let go or relax, and then you can work on rolling that area. Now you can also roll back a little bit to get onto the back of the shoulder which is really nice, sort of loosening things up. And finally you can come forward onto the front and get a little bit of releasing through the pec muscle at the front of the chest. And at the end of the day, after you’ve rolled these areas, that will help release the shoulder so that it feels a bit freer and not so pulled down on that side. So that’s our tip today. Give that a try at home and see how you make out. For more information check out our website at www.body-works.ca or give us a call to see how we can help you.