3. Stress Management
When we are overwhelmed and stressed, we tend to hold it in our neck and shoulders. Breathing helps with this one too! Try to think of softening your shoulders. It’s amazing how much we can hold and not even notice. I know I catch myself doing this! 6 simple stress relieving habits
4. Stop pulling your shoulders down & back
I am sure you have been told to do this at some point in your life and are probably wondering why on earth you should stop?!? Well, because it just adds to more tightness, holding, and puts your diaphragm in an inefficient position to work properly. This then makes your neck and shoulder muscles work harder to help lift your rib cage up. Give it a try! Pull your shoulders down and back. What do you notice? Possibly some holding, creating more tension, and maybe even holding that breath. You also might notice that you are leaning backwards or your shoulders are leaning past your pelvis. This can cause flaring of your ribs and put your diaphragm at a disadvantage. When your ribs flare upward you then use those neck and shoulder muscles to help lift your rib cage when breathing leading to more……..TENSION. Click here for more posture tips and a visual of this!
These 4 tips will help with easing neck and shoulder pain immediately when added into your routine. Consistency is key! Want more on this topic check out how to relieve neck and shoulder aches.
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