[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Turn your attention to your posture as it is right now – most likely you’re sitting down, staring either into your phone or computer. Your shoulders are probably rolled forward, with your chin pushing forward.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Give yourself a mental x-ray and picture your shoulder in its socket. When you’re hunched forward like this, your shoulder will be sitting towards the front of its socket and there will be more space at the back.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”20620″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Over years and years of frequently being in this posture and not countering it by moving in the opposite direction, our bodies adapt. The muscles we tend to put into a shorter position become shorter. The muscles we tend to put into a longer position become longer. For shoulder pain, this means your shoulder us encouraged to take up permanent residence in the front of its socket.
Now you can visualise why your shoulder might hurt when you lift your arm or try to reach behind you – your shoulder ‘hits’ against the front of the socket.
Here’s where strength training gets yet another vote. Not only does it burn fat, improve your fitness, strengthen your bones and muscles and help optimise your hormones, but it is also the absolute best way to make sure you’ll move well forever.
If your workout is put together with a mind on posture, you can relieve pain caused by poor posture too. When your workout is designed to release the front of your shoulder and to mobilise your upper back (which is usually also tight when you have shoulder pain), and we add in strengthening exercises for the back, and bottom, of your shoulder; all we need to do is add frequent repetition and some time, and we can fairly easily remove the pain.
It should be very obvious that this isn’t the only cause of shoulder pain, but it is a pretty common one. Using this example shows nicely how good exercise can be about more than just slogging away in order to lose weight. Movement and posture is fascinating.
It’s amazing what can be improved, or created, with exercise.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Heather Smith is a fat loss specialist Personal Trainer. Get in touch for a free five-day meal plan via www.fitbiztraining.co.uk[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]