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Repetitive Motion Injuries in Shoulders

repetitive motion injuries in the shoulders

In today's world, repetitive motion injuries have become increasingly prevalent, especially for those engaged in desk-bound work, sports, or manual labor. Among the most commonly affected areas are the shoulders and joints, which bear the brunt of repetitive movements. In this blog, we'll delve into what repetitive motion injuries are, their impact on the shoulders and joints, and explore yoga poses and stretches that can help prevent and support individuals affected by these injuries.

Understanding Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive motion injuries, also known as repetitive strain injuries, occur when repetitive movements cause stress and strain on the body over time. These injuries often impact the muscles, tendons, and nerves, leading to discomfort, pain, and reduced mobility. In the context of the shoulders and joints, repetitive motion injuries can manifest as conditions like rotator cuff tendinitis, bursitis, and general shoulder impingement syndrome.

Yoga Poses and Stretches to Prevent and Support Repetitive Motion Injuries in the Shoulders

1. Simple Shoulder Stretches: This pose involves interlacing the fingers behind the back, stretching the shoulders and chest. It helps in opening up the shoulders and releasing tension caused by repetitive movements. Try this stretch while at your desk too.

shoulder stretches

2. Downward-Facing Dog with a Chair (Adho Mukha Svanasana): This pose helps to stretch and strengthen the shoulders, arms, and upper back, promoting flexibility and stability in these areas. It's particularly beneficial for those who spend long hours sitting at a desk. Try this stretch while at your desk too.


3. Side Bends: By stretching the sides of the body, shoulders, and chest, this pose can aid in relieving tension in the shoulders and promoting better posture. Try this stretch while at your desk too.

side bends

4. Eagle Arms (Garudasana Arms): By crossing one arm over the other and pressing the palms together, this pose stretches and opens the upper back and shoulders, promoting support from tightness and discomfort. Try this stretch while at your desk too.

eagle arms

5. Balasana (Child’s Pose): This gentle stretch releases tension in the shoulders and upper back, providing relief from strain caused by repetitive movements.

childs pose

6. Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja's Twist): This seated twist helps in releasing tension in the upper back and shoulders, promoting flexibility and reducing stiffness.

seated twist

7. Rotated Wall Stretch: Facing the wall, with your arm at a 90 degree angle and the inside of arm on wall, slowly look over opposite shoulder or rotate body away from wall. This gentle shoulder-opening pose can help release tension in the shoulders and upper back by opening the chest, offering support from the strain caused by repetitive movements. Try this stretch while driving, using the back of the passenger or driver seat for leverage.

wall stretch

Repetitive motion injuries in the shoulders and joints are common, but with the right approach, they can be prevented and managed effectively. Incorporating a regular yoga practice that includes targeted poses and stretches can help in maintaining shoulder and joint health, helping reduce tension, and reducing the risk of repetitive motion injuries. Additionally, it’s important to practice mindfulness in daily movements, take regular breaks, and seek professional guidance when experiencing persistent discomfort. Whether you're looking to prevent repetitive motion injuries or seeking relief from existing discomfort, integrating these yoga practices can contribute to better shoulder and joint well-being.

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