Shoulder Pain Relief
Life is tough on our shoulders, whether working in the yard or at a desk, many of us experience tightness and tension in our neck and shoulders – making it difficult to enjoy life. The good news is that yoga is a great option for shoulder pain relief.
Because our shoulders are highly mobile, muscular strength is required to balance this natural mobility with stability. We must work to stretch and strengthen the muscles of the chest, upper back and shoulder girdle to experience our shoulders at their full potential.
During class, we perform a number of stretching and strengthening exercises to help:
-Discover imbalances in the shoulder
-Alleviate tension in the shoulders
-Increase strength and flexibility of the shoulders
The end result? Over time, this balance of strength and flexibility will make life’s daily activities easier and more pleasurable!
Relieve Neck Pain Caused By Poor Posture
Our neck has the difficult job of supporting the weight of the head full time. Unsurprisingly, the angle that we hold the head at influences the force exerted on our cervical vertebrae (neck). For many of us, this means that lifestyle choices of looking down at a smartphone, laptop, etc. can cause us to develop neck pain.
Now this neck pain is not entirely simple, the act of looking down at a phone often involves us hunching our shoulders forward, further increasing the impact angle of the head on the shoulders. The result is an increase in the force experienced by our cervical vertebrae which can lead to text neck.
The problem with this is that the force experienced by the cervical vertebrae is transferred to the muscles, fascia (connective tissue), veins, arteries and nerves. One result of this is pain that may be isolated to the neck or radiate to the face, arms, shoulders, etc and can result in cervical radiculopathy, or damage to the nerves.
The good news is that, for many of us, much of this pain can be relieved by lessening the force experienced by the cervical vertebrae through improving our posture and performing gentle traction exercises.
Avoid Shoulder Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tear
Have you experienced difficulty raising one or both arms overhead? Maybe you received a diagnosis of rotator cuff tear with the recommendation for shoulder surgery. The good news is that research shows that, for as many as 90%, surgery is avoidable through the practice of yoga!
How does it work? Put simply, by doing a headstand preparatory pose, you train the subscapularis, a large muscle on the front of your scapulae (between the scapula and ribs) to take over for the supraspinatus, a smaller muscle on the back of your scapulae, to participate in lifting the arms to the side and overhead.
The best part is that you don’t have to lift the arms much to practice our headstand preparatory poses and feel the benefits in your shoulders – we do these in every class.