Most of our recent posts have focused on the major joint of the lower core, the hip joint. The hip is the most important lower body joint not only because it bears so much of your bodyweight, but because it connects so many major muscles together.

The main joint of the upper body is the shoulder joint. While it doesn’t bear the same amount of your body weight as the hip joint, it does tie major muscle groups together. Much like the hip people tend to carry their tension and stress in the muscles surrounding it.

The traps, rhomboids, lats & related neck & upper back muscles are almost always tight enough to cause pain. Pain equals stress.

 

Are you falling victim to this common stress causing tightness? Find out (& start treating it) by giving yourself this simple stretch test.

Directions: Stand with your back against the wall, elbows up in a “Y” and gently slide them up overhead, then slide down the wall until your shoulder blades pinch together. If you can’t keep your butt, elbows & back of your hands on the wall all the way up and down you probably have muscle tightness in your upper back which is causing you stress.

Pay special attention to where this motion is the hardest, the uppermost part of the range of motion or the bottom?