Shoulder Discomfort Exercises

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Exercises to improve mobility and strength

Shoulder pain is more likely to develop in those who have bad posture or who engage in physical labor that requires movements such as heavy lifting or working overhead.

It’s critical to note that shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of factors.

These exercises may be useful if a person does not know what to do to relieve shoulder pain. If the pain persists, they should stop doing the activities and seek professional medical help. Exercises to improve mobility

The mobility exercises listed below come within this category.

Circular arm movements

Arm circles are a good way to warm up your shoulder joints and increase flexibility. Arm circles may aid in the relief of shoulder stress and soreness.

  1. Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart.
  2. Raise and stretch your arms to the side, forming a T shape with your body.
  3. With your arms, make little circular motions.
  4. Switch the direction of rotation after 10–15 seconds of repetitions.

Stretching in the doorway

The doorway stretch is a static stretch that improves shoulder flexibility, particularly in the pectoralis muscles. This can be done in a doorway or in a room’s corner.

  1. Face a corner of the room closes enough to touch each wall while standing up.
  2. To make the fingers point to the ceiling, bend the shoulders and elbows to 90 degrees.
  3. Place one hand against each wall, elbows at shoulder level.
  4. Lean against the wall. The chest should be stretched as a result of this.
  5. For 30–60 seconds, hold the stretch.
  6. Rep three to six times more.

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This technique may aid in the relief of shoulder and upper back mobility problems.

  1. Begin by getting down on your hands and knees.
  2. Place your right palm in the mat’s center, precisely beneath your chest.
  3. With the palm facing away from the body, raise the left arm toward the ceiling.
  4. Lower your left arm and slide it under your right. Maintain a straight left arm and avoid collapsing the chest.
  5. Lift the right arm off the ground to deepen the stretch.
  6. For 30 seconds, stay in this position.

Pose of the Eagle

Garudasana, commonly known as Eagle Pose, is a yoga pose that extends the shoulder muscles. If you merely want to stretch your shoulders, you can execute the upper body portion of the pose.

  1. Extend your arms to the sides while standing or sitting.
  2. The arms should be crossed in front of the torso, with the right arm crossing over the left.
  3. Both arms should be bent at the elbows.
  4. Bring the palms together by twisting the right forearm behind the left forearm.
  5. Raise your arms gently upward to extend your shoulders.
  6. For 30 seconds, stay in this position.
  7. Lower your arms and release the position gently.

Pose of a Child

Balasana, or Child’s Practice, is a mild yoga pose that extends the shoulders and back.

  1. Kneel with your knees slightly wider than hip width apart on the floor or a yoga mat.
  2. Place your palms on the mat slightly in front of your shoulders and go down on all fours.
  3. Back on your heels, tilt forward at the hips, and rest your tummy on your thighs.
  4. Extend your arms in front of you and place your brow on the floor.
  5. By pressing the chest and shoulders toward the ground, you can deepen the stretch.
  6. For 30 seconds, stay in this position.


Strength exercises include the ones listed below.

Raises on the sides

A shoulder strengthening exercise is the lateral rise. This exercise can be done with light dumbbells, resistance bands, or water bottles.

  1. Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip width apart, holding a set of light dumbbells (under 5 pounds).
  2. Raise the weights to shoulder level by raising them to the sides.
  3. Remember to keep your core muscles engaged.
  4. Lower the weights to the sides slowly.
  5. Repeat this exercise three to four times per week for two sets of 12–15 reps each.

Shoulder rotation to the outside

External shoulder rotation is another useful exercise for strengthening and improving flexibility in the rotator cuff muscles. This exercise can be done with a resistance band or a towel.

  1. Both hands should be holding the light resistance band.
  2. Both arms should be at the sides of the body, bent at the elbow.
  3. While keeping one arm steady, spin the other away from the body while keeping the elbow at a 90-degree bend.
  4. For a total of 5 seconds, stay in this position.
  5. Slowly bring the arm back to the body.
  6. Rep this exercise two times for a total of 12–15 reps in each set.

Internal shoulder rotation

Internal shoulder rotation, like the last exercise, can assist strengthen the shoulder muscles.

  1. Attach a doorknob to a resistance band or a large elastic band.
  2. In one hand, hold the opposite end of the band.
  3. Pull the forearm toward the body by bending the arm at the elbow.
  4. For a total of 5 seconds, stay in this position.
  5. Return to the starting position slowly.
  6. Repeat this exercise three to four times per week for two sets of 12–15 reps each.

Fly in the other direction

The posterior deltoids, which are the muscles on the backs of the shoulders, are worked during the reverse fly exercise. Dumbbells, resistance bands, or water bottles will be required.

  1. Standing with your feet hip width apart is a good place to start.
  2. Allow the arms to hang straight down and hinge forward at the hips.
  3. Raise both arms out to the sides, palms facing inward, and squeeze the shoulder blades together.
  4. Return to the beginning posture by slowly lowering the arms.
  5. Repeat this exercise three to four times per week for two sets of 12–15 reps each.

Downward Dog

Adho Mukha Svanasana, or Downward Dog, is an inversion yoga pose that can assist strengthen the shoulders and back muscles. If done correctly, it can also help with shoulder mobility and thoracic spine (upper back) mobility.

  1. Begin on your hands and knees on the floor or a mat, in a tabletop position. The hands should be under the shoulders and the knees should be just below the waist.
  2. Lift the hips toward the ceiling while pressing against your hands. Straighten the legs and lower the heels as low as possible to the floor.
  3. Maintain this position for 30 seconds.


A person can utilize the following strategies to assist reduce shoulder pain in addition to the mobility training and exercises mentioned above:

  • Reduce inflammation with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such ibuprofen or aspirin.
  • To reduce inflammation and pain, apply a cold compress.
  • To ease discomfort and relax tight muscles, apply a heat compress.
  • Avoid vigorous activity like lifting large weights and rest the afflicted shoulder.
  • Complete shoulder and upper back mobility work on a regular basis to increase range of motion and flexibility.

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