Exercises for Upper Body Pain Relief

So much tension and stress settles in our upper body. Whether we have headaches, tightness in our shoulders and between our shoulder blades, or discomfort in our back, our upper body if not properly stretched and strengthened will wear down over time.

NOTE: The following exercises should be properly prescribed and monitored by your healthcare provider. These in no way should replace the regular care you receive from your healthcare team.

Dr. Jordan creatively demonstrates what the labrum is and how SLAP tears occur using a plastic softball and Play-Doh. That’s right, folks … PLAY-DOH!

Years of shoulder and chest pain now gone! Patient Kelsey came to our office with chronic shoulder pain that was exacerbated by a car accident. She also experienced chest pain for OVER 10 YEARS! Hear her story and see how Dr. Jordan typically handles a shoulder problem in the office.

Grab a foam roller and an exercise band and join Dr. Jordan as he highlights two more exercises you can do to strengthen your shoulder muscles.

**Attention overhead athletes and DESK WORKERS** Dr. Jordan explains what shoulder impingement is and who is most commonly affected by this shoulder problem. If you are an overhead athlete or work at a desk then this video is for you!

Dr Jordan demonstrates cupping on his favorite patient (his wife, Bonnie). Cupping is a popular treatment choice here in the office. Check out this video to see the many benefits.

Dr. Jordan gives one movement and one stretch that will help retrain your shoulder away from the pain of impingement. Do you have shoulder pain and not know what to do? Give us a call and we will get you back on your path to optimal health, performance, and wellness.

Do you know what your rotator cuff is? Do you know where it is and how it functions? Dr. Jordan chats about the rotator cuff, how it functions, and types of movement that can cause injury … and surprise … rotator cuff injuries or tears don’t apply just to athletes.

How do you know if you have a rotator cuff injury or tear? Dr. Jordan share asks three key questions to help diagnosis a rotator cuff issues. He then talks about the four different types of specialists that can help with rehabilitation.

Whether you have a rotator cuff injury you are rehabing OR you want to prevent future rotator cuff injuries, check out these exercises. Dr. Jordan demonstrates what you can do to keep your shoulders, and in turn your rotator cuff, strong.

Dr. Jordan dives into trigger points in the shoulder area. He addresses what a trigger point is, how they can refer pain, and ultimately the affect on your body.

What’s the best way to treat trigger points in the shoulder area? Dr. Jordan demonstrates an active release technique he uses with patients in his care.

In between your chiropractic appointments, Dr. Jordan recommends some at-home self-release trigger point techniques. All you need is a Lacrosse ball and a wall!

Whether you are an avid tennis player, love to play golf, or someone who has their arms bent all day typing at a computer … chances are you experience elbow pain. With some stretching and these two great exercises, you can decrease the pain and strengthen the muscles around your elbow.

This stretch is fantastic for those who experience pain between their shoulder blade and spine. Here’s how to perform the stretch: With pressure against the wall move your arm in a “punching” motion your body.

Try this stretching routine while at work to help alleviate any tightness you may experience throughout the day. Tight muscles lead to pain, headaches, and fatigue. Keep those muscles stretched out to feel better throughout the day.

This exercise will help train those muscles around your shoulder blade to help provide for stability while moving your shoulders.You should feel the muscle tension around the shoulder blade and mid back.

  1. Lie on an exercise ball on your stomach/chest
  2. With your feet on the floor for stability and your neck in a neutral position, bring your arms straight out in front of you in the “Y” position.
  3. Bring your arms out to the side in the “T” position
  4. Bring your arms behind you into the “I” position

You should feel the muscle tension around the shoulder blade and mid back.