Two-Minute Exercise Relieves Chronic Neck Pain
Lower muscle tension should lead to better running form.
If you are at work, sitting at your desk and reading this, surely you are doing it with not so ideal posture. If this is true, you surely are one of the many office workers facing the chronic shoulder and neck pain. According to a new study, there is a simple and short exercise program that can reduce that pain and make the running even better.
There were two groups consisted of thirty Danish office workers with chronic neck and shoulder pain: one receiving general health information, and the other doing a two-minute exercise program, for 10 weeks, every work day. This “program” was actually doing only one exercise- shoulder raise, laterally, with a resistance band -- as many times as possible for two minutes.
The shoulder abduction, which is the other name for this exercise, consists of securing the resistance band all the way to the floor, and raising the arms away to a 90-degree angle, from the side of the body.
The office workers were 6% stronger after doing the exercise for ten weeks, two minutes per day and declared that the neck and shoulder pain reduced to 40% while in the group which was not exercising symptoms didn’t get better. Also, the exercise group had less muscular tension during the normal work days, measured by electromyography.
If you have chronic neck and shoulder pain you can set aside two minutes of your time per day and these results are a strong reason for doing that indeed.
Furthermore, your running could be improved by reducing the muscular tension. And because of the low -- grad chronic tension in the neck and shoulders many people run with their shoulder hunched and their head thrust forward. You can get closer to the ideal aligning of the head, shoulders, hips, knees and feet by bringing relief to these areas.
Source: Family Health Freedom Network