no way around it: stiff or frozen shoulders are just downright uncomfortable
and lead to pain and stiffness in your neck. But sadly, most people who work an
office job are not only prone to it, but experience it on a regular basis. And
if you work at a desk yourself, you most likely have already tried it a few
are a few reasons why your shoulders feel stiff, and sometimes even frozen, and
while they can be difficult to manage, the result will help more than just your
things happen as the body’s response to psychological pressure: the brow
furrows, shoulders rise, and the neck tightens. This is part of an evolutionary
adaptation that raises the body’s guard for anything dangerous, but while a
fight-or-flight response is great if you’re trying not to get eaten, it’s not
so great for handling workplace stress. While it’s not easy to adapt to a
high-pressure environment, being able to manage stress effectively allows you
to handle this.
you sleep on your side? If so, you’ll eventually find a certain stiffness in
your shoulders when rolling out of bed first thing in the morning. The reason
for this is because sleeping on your side pushes your shoulder inward, while
the shoulder on top is usually overstretched, resulting in a feeling of
unevenness in both your shoulders. The good news is you can prevent this by sleeping
flat on your back instead, which not only lets you rest your shoulders, but
also supports your head better.
posture overworks the muscles in your neck and back, and the body’s attempts to
heal these overworked fibers are what eventually results in inflammation. To
prevent this, it’s important that you’re aware of your posture while you’re at
work: lower back against the office chair’s lumbar support, screen eye level,
feet flat on the ground, and shoulders pulled slightly back. You should also
move around and take a short break when you can, or remember to stretch every
once in a while.
Exercises to Remedy Stiff Shoulders
good news is that most stiff shoulders can be managed well with a few simple
exercises. Here are a few to get you started:
Stand or sit straight and start rolling your shoulders clockwise ten times, and
then counter-clockwise for another ten times.
stretch – Bring one arm to chest height and
stretch it out while being supported at the elbow by another hand. Hold for
thirty seconds and repeat with the other arm.
With both palms facing you, swing your arms as high as they can without moving
your shoulders or your body. Do this for thirty seconds.