3 Must-do Exercises for Back and Shoulder Pain Relief

I am going to go through the must-do back and shoulder pain relief exercises.

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I had Donnalee to demonstrate the exercises.

#1 – Standing Back Arch

In standing position, put the hands on the hips to get a good stretch in the shoulders and arch the back to improve mobility when it comes to low back and mid-back area.

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Standing Back Arch

In this exercise, we are improving the mobility in the whole spine to help relieve back pain. We are also improving the shoulder’s mobility and flexibility to help ease shoulder pain.

Perform one set of 5 reps in a smooth, controlled movement with a good stop at the end position for 1 to 2 seconds, and we are looking for a light stretch in the shoulder and light mobility and movement happening in the spine.


#2 – Downward Punch Exercise

In this exercise, we are going to use some weights or dumbbells. If you do not have dumbbells, you can go without weights, but weights help a little bit when it comes to guiding the movement.

Do a downward punch. In standing position, with a good alignment of the head and shoulders, grab the weights and punch down then repeat back and forth.

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Downward Punch Exercise

In this exercise, we are putting the shoulder in a better position when punching down and decreasing the stress in the upper neck area and mid-back area. This is more of a mobility or posture exercise decreasing tension in the muscles exercise.

Perform one set of 5 reps in a smooth, controlled movement, holding the bottom position for a stop of 1 to 2 seconds with a light intensity.


#3 – Vertical Hanging Exercise

Find a door frame, reach up and grab the door frame. Raise your arms straight above your shoulders. Bend through the knees and drop the hips to increase the stretch that you feel in your shoulders and back area.

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Vertical Hanging Exercise

This is an excellent exercise to loosen up the muscles in the back and shoulder to relieve pain.

Perform one set of 5 reps, starting with 5 seconds then progress to 15 seconds with an intensity of light stretch in the shoulders and back area.

Indication: If you have stiff or tight shoulders, this is a great exercise.

Contraindication:  DO NOT DO the vertical hanging exercise if you have sloppy shoulders like they pop in and out or dislocated. I do not recommend to do this exercise.

Modified Vertical Hanging Exercise

If you are not able to get your hands right over your head because of back or shoulder pain, then you can just reach up to the point that you can and then bend the knees and drop the hips, getting a light stretch in the shoulders and back area.

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Modified Vertical Hanging Exercise

So, there you go, those were the three great exercises to do for back and shoulder pain relief.

If you want to heal, lengthen and strengthen the muscles and tendons near your shoulders, loosen your shoulder joint and reshape your shoulder so that you can reduce and eliminate your shoulder pain and prevent it from occurring again in the future, then check out the Shoulder Pain Solved program.

Take care!

Rick Kaselj, MS