Managing Shoulder Pain as You Age
As you age, it is common to experience some difficulty with shoulder pain. You may be feeling tightness in the area or even sharp pains when moving your arms. This can often be attributed to a number of conditions, such as bursitis, muscle strains and tendonitis. Fortunately, these issues can typically be addressed with strength and resistance training exercises that target tightness in the area. Let’s explore how strength training can help manage shoulder pain and promote improved strength and mobility in the shoulders.
Plus, regular strength training can help stave off future discomfort and promote improved strength and mobility in the shoulders.
Shoulder pain or tightness is common, affecting 18 to 26 percent of adults. (Pubmed) Conditions that can cause shoulder pain include rotator cuff injuries and irritations, tendonitis, and shoulder impingement syndrome. Shoulder pain can seriously limit your level of function, which is going to have a bad effect on your quality of life. You might have trouble reaching for things overhead, clasping your bra, or be forced to give up your favorite leisure activities like tennis or golf. Fortunately, proper exercise can often alleviate shoulder pain by addressing the root causes, which often include muscle imbalances and weakness.
How Strength Training Can Help Your Shoulders
Strength training works by building muscles around the affected joint that has been weakened or overused. By doing this, they can better compensate for the muscles being used too much and provide additional support for the joint itself. Strengthening these surrounding muscles helps to reduce inflammation and pain while also helping with a range of motion and overall shoulder stability. It’s important to note that strengthening only one side of your body can create an imbalance in your shoulder muscles which could actually make things worse instead of better. That’s why it’s so important to focus on both sides during your workouts.
At Rock Solid Fitness, our personalized full-body workouts always include specific shoulder exercises to prevent pain and dysfunction.
But doing shoulder exercises the wrong way can be just as bad (or worse) as not doing them at all. So in the video below, Patty Durell, CEO of Rock Solid Fitness, covers everything you’ll need to know to properly implement shoulder pain exercises into your workouts.
Exercises for Shoulder Pain
This video post will go over:
- Anatomy of the shoulder and vulnerable joint structures
- Rules to follow to prevent shoulder pain
- Which exercises to do prevent and rehab injuries
- The popular shoulder exercises you should never do
- How to perform exercises to prevent stress on your joints
- The 2 most important exercises for posture (which helps shoulder pain)
- The shoulder exercise you see people doing in the gym doesn’t work
- Shoulder pain exercises you can do at home or in the gym
- The correct way to do chest exercises to avoid shoulder pain
- The most neglected muscle for healthy shoulders and how to strengthen it
- And much more!
Enjoy this video!
Healthy shoulders take work to maintain, but if you apply the simple rules outlined in this video to your exercise program and activities of daily life, your shoulders will be healthier.
As we age, it is normal to experience some difficulty with shoulder pain due to common conditions such as bursitis, tendonitis and muscle strains. However, these issues can usually be addressed with regular strength training exercises that target tightness in the area and strengthen surrounding muscles for improved support and stability in the joints. Doing so not only helps reduce inflammation but also improves the range of motion while staving off future discomfort from occurring down the line. With this knowledge in hand, you now have all of the tools necessary for managing should pain effectively as you age!
- Maintain good posture by engaging your lower traps and keeping your ears over your shoulders.
- Avoid shoulder abduction when doing overhead shoulder exercises – keep your hands in front of you and your elbows close to your sides.
- Prioritize strengthening your rotator cuff and rear deltoid muscles.
Here’s to healthy shoulders!
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