We often suffer from sore shoulders due to weak deep neck flexors! The deep neck flexor muscles run down the front of the neck, more on these later! Unfortunately, the trapezius muscles, located at the top of the shoulders feel achey and sore because they are working too hard and too much.
Massages are great to relieve the tension and stress in the muscles, but if you're repeating the same habits, the achey muscles will return in no time!
So, what can we do to help our those poor trapezius muscles (traps)... Here is all the info you need:
Back in the day, I mean really back in the day when we were cave men, we used to look over our shoulders and turn our heads a lot, to hunt food and the fear of being hunted ourselves! But nowadays, we don't need to worry about those things and everything we need is in front of us: our laptops, phones, even the new tech cars with cameras and parking sensors mean we don't even need to turn our heads to look into the rearview mirror! So, my point is, our deep neck flexor muscles don't fire up and have become lazy/weak because essentially we don't have to use them as much in day to day life.
If you get achey shoulders, this is a sure sign that you need to strengthen the deep neck flexors and allow those poor traps to relax.. You can see this if you look in the mirror, turn to the side and see your head jolting forward... Instead, give yourself a double chin, draw the chin back to the back of the neck and you've just fired up the deep neck flexors and switched off the muscles that are achey.
Unfortunately there is no quick fix to this, you have to catch yourself in the act with the chin forward shortening the neck and give yourself a double chin every time! Soon, your posture and shoulders will feel a lot better.
Another great exercise to do is the chicken or pigeon head, the chin sticks out then draw it back slowly... feels easy, okay add a bit of resistance! Interlace your fingers round the back of your head and push back onto the hands, this is awesome!! Or another idea is get a tennis ball, or soft ball and put it behind your head on the wall and push back into it! Also firing up and building those deep neck flexors!!
Yoga is great for helping the neck flexors too as we look over our shoulders a lot in twists and when we open our heart space to the ceiling... tadahhh!
I hope this has been helpful, if you have any questions do just pop me a message.