In Exercises for Rounded Shoulders - Part 1, we demonstrated slackening off those muscles which, when in chronic tension, causes those forward creeping shoulders.
Now, in Exercises for Rounded Shoulders - Part 2 Loving Life Chiropractic Doctor, Craig Hindson demonstrates strengthening the muscles and re-educate the nerve system to help keep the shoulders pulled back, the chest more upright and the person taller.
This reduces premature ageing at the base of the neck and top of the shoulders and thus reduces pressure from the nerve system that runs through and exits at the spine in this area (spinal segments C5 - T3).
These exercises for rounded shoulders also help reduce tight and tender shoulders muscles which, unfortunately, are all too often a part of our daily work life.
As always these exercises are not for all, so if you have any questions, queries or doubts, please contact your registered Chiropractic Doctor.
Benefits of Exercises For Rounded Shoulders - Strengthening
1. To start with many people are noticing a lack of ease or discomfort either at the base of their neck or between their shoulder blades so these exercises start to reduce the tension and bring back ease to the body.
2. Once learned these exercises can give people a no cost easy to use tool.
3. The exercises are 100% portable, no special equipment is needed and they can be done at any place, most of the time.
4. If you have a problem stretching in front of people at work you can even do them in a cubicle.
5. The stretches literally take 5 seconds per side so as long as there is a vertical surface you are good to go in as little as 10 seconds or 30-40 seconds to get 3 reps in each side.
6. If you have a "bleep" on your phone or watch you can set it to go off hourly. This will encourage yourself to get out of this terrible "C-shaped" position that is sitting and stand in the beautiful "s-shaped" position your spine and body is designed to be in.
7. If unable to stand (i.e. if you are super busy at work or you are a bus driver, lorry driver or similar) when you can safely take your hands from the wheel (or computer!!) you can do the Part 2 shoulder strengthening without even getting up! Even if you have to keep your hands on the wheel you can still retract (pull back) your shoulders regularly so you can still train those muscles to prevent early ageing of the spine.
8. If you are under regular and specific chiropractic care, use of these exercises should see a quicker reduction in the amount of spinal imbalance (vertebral subluxation) you have, which will mean less visits to the chiropractor and more importantly you living more life in the time in between those visits.