- Stand against a wall with your arms extended. Move your arms up and down, as if you were making a snow angel. Move slowly to feel the tension. Keep your head up and your back against the wall the entire time. Do a set of 10.
- Sit upright with your arms at the side. Shrug your shoulders and release them in drastic fashion while dropping the shoulders down. I find that my muscles
All of the muscle groups that cause me the most grief are in my hands, arms, neck, and head. It is amazing to me that too much typing or texting can lead to rotator cuff soreness and pain. Lifting heavy towels or large loads of laundry atop regularly throwing Frisbees and balls to my puppy can wear out my shoulders, easily building toward a headache if I am not careful. Headaches are at the top of my list of the most debilitating and the potentially most averted of all pains I experience. The headaches I experience from pulled shoulder muscles usually last two days. Over the years, I have asked health professionals and researched all that I can for ways to alleviate the pain and stop it from happening. I have traced much of the source to bending down and picking up heavy items (lifting items above my head is no longer possible), typing and texting for extended periods of time, and movements that overextend these muscles (for example, throwing a ball). I have narrowed it down to three exercises that are easy to remember, can be done almost anywhere and have been most effective for me. They include: