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7 Effective Exercises You Can Try At Home To Relieve Shoulder Pain

7 Effective Exercises You Can Try At Home To Relieve Shoulder Pain

Ever encountered a shoulder pain after weightlifting or lifting your arm up to clean that top shelve? Most would brush it off as a common problem and hope the pain would go away, but it hardly does. Worse, it could develop into a serious problem.

The Cause? Biceps Tendinitis!

You might be moaning at the extremely scientific sounding name, but it is essential to know what’s causing that pesky pain you’re experiencing in your shoulder all the time! The Biceps tendon is a muscle in your shoulder but specifically, it is the tendon that connects your “big guns” to your shoulder bones.

It Can Get Worse And It Will Get Worse

Biceps Tendinitis is the inflammation of the tendon due to years of heavy lifting, or countless overhead motions that we do when we swim, take a swing of the baseball bat, or serving the tennis ball. Untreated, Biceps Tendinitis can develop into your worst nightmares such as arthritis in your shoulders leading to a frozen shoulder and shoulder pain, tears in your shoulder joints and even dislocation!

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    Don’t Worry. These 7 Exercises Will Get You Through This

    What these 8 exercises can help you to achieve here is overall strength for weak shoulder muscles and if you are a heavy lifter, it is advisable to stay away from lifting unbearably heavy weights for the time being.

    1. Hands Against The Wall

    This exercise can help to strengthen the back as well as both the biceps and triceps muscles. Most importantly, the holding position can help you build endurance.

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      Instructions:

      Step One: Straighten your neck and back and place your hands on wall.

      Step Two: Now bend your elbows and bring yourself towards the wall with your back straightened. Hold the position for 5 seconds.

      Step Three: Bring yourself back up to your straightened elbow position.

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      2. Shoulder Shrugs

      Shoulder shrugs are one of the best exercises to give flexibility and endurance to your shoulder muscles and there’s no risk of straining them under any weight.

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        Instructions:

        Step One: Stand straight.

        Step Two: Elevate both shoulders towards your ears and hold the position for five seconds. Do this for about 10 times a day.

        3. Shoulder Squeeze

        This is another non-strenuous exercise which you can do everyday to help build flexibility and stability in the shoulders.

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          Instructions:

          Step One: Just pretend you’re a bear and get into the stance.

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          Step Two: With your chin tucked in, squeeze your shoulder blades together.

          Step Three: Hold position for 5 seconds. Repeat the exercise for 10 times.

          4. Hand Behind Neck

          You should always stretch an injured muscle that is caused by repetitive motion and wear and tear, however, you shouldn’t stretch an injury caused by blunt trauma. This hand behind the neck exercise gives you a great stretch for your shoulders.

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            Instructions:

            Step One: Put hands behind neck.

            Step Two: Raise elbow high above shoulder line. Repeat for about 10 times each morning.

            5. Lateral Raise

            By giving your shoulders a new range of motions each day, you’ll be able to strengthen them and feel the difference within weeks. Try out the lateral raise to add new motions for your shoulders.

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              Instructions:

              Step One: Legs should be shoulder width apart.

              Step Two: Raise both hands with fists closed, to shoulder level. Do not go beyond the shoulder level.

              Step Three: Hold position for a second and slowly lower hands. Do this 10 times a day.

              6. Prone Horizontal Abduction

              This stretch exercise is so simple to do, you can do it just about everytime you wake up or before you go to bed.

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                Instructions:

                Step One: On your bed, let your weak shoulder hang off the bed.

                Step Two: Slowly raise your arm to your shoulder height. Never raise it above shoulder height.

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                Step Three: Slowly lower your arm down. Do it 10 times.

                7. Static Rotator Cut Off Contraction

                This exercise is a simple one with the resistance of the other hand. This is to restore mobility and flexibility to your injured shoulder.

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                  Instructions:

                  Step One: Stand straight up.

                  Step Two: Keep the elbow of your weak shoulder at 90 degrees.

                  Step Three: Using the other hand, grasp the wrist of the arm at 90 degrees.

                  Step Four: Push the weak shoulder outward from body.

                  Step Five: Hold position for 5 seconds. Do 10 times for each arm.

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                  Last Updated on November 11, 2018

                  How to Gain Muscle Fast (The Healthy And Natural Way)

                  How to Gain Muscle Fast (The Healthy And Natural Way)

                  There’s a common misconception that building muscle occurs entirely in the gym from exercise and lifting weights. In this article, we are going to debunk this notion that weight lifting and gym exercise yields 100%, or even 90% for that matter, of muscle building results.

                  So how to gain muscle fast in a healthy way?

                  Yes working-out is a critical aspect of developing muscle, however it should not be the focal point. Building muscle occurs primarily outside of the gym by way of diet/eating habits, and sleep regimen.

                  How Is Muscle Developed?

                  Muscle is developed from damaging the tissue during exercise, and facilitating the most optimal circumstances for repair and growth of those same tissues. This means you will not only need to exercise, but you should focus on carbohydrates around your exercises, and adequate rest and recovery between workouts.

                  If your focus is building muscle and not losing weight, focusing on a high-carb diet with carb loading around the workout days will yield great results. Yes, you absolutely can lose fat and build muscle following a low-carb diet, but you’ll make faster progress if you follow a high-carb diet instead. Now don’t take that as a green-light to stuff your face with pasta, bread, and all sorts of other carb-heavy foods.

                  Let’s examine Glycogen – a multibranched polysaccharide of glucose that serves as a form of energy storage in humans. Muscle glycogen is a form of carbohydrate that’s stored in your muscles and liver. Glycogen is the primary source of fuel during exercise, and low glycogen levels decreases your ability to gain strength and muscle. The best way to maintain high levels of muscle glycogen is to eat a high-carb diet, with around 1 to 3 grams of carbs per pound of body weight.

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                  The time of ingestion of a carbohydrate supplement on muscle glycogen storage post exercise was examined in a study with twelve male cyclists that exercised continuously for 70 min on a cycle ergometer at 68% VO2max, interrupted by six 2-min intervals at 88% VO2max, on two separate occasions. The results suggest that delaying the ingestion of a carbohydrate supplement post-exercise will result in a reduced rate of muscle glycogen storage.

                  How to Gain Muscle Fast?

                  If you want to gain muscle as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible, then you want high muscle glycogen levels. Here’s a few effective approaches to building muscle:

                  Muscle Growth and Glycogen Levels

                  The primary driver of gaining muscle and its growth is progressive tension overload, which involves exposing your muscles to increasingly greater levels of tension over time. The most effective way to achieve this is to get as strong as possible on heavy compound lifts (squat, bench press, deadlift, over head press, bent over barbell rows..etc).

                  When you keep glycogen levels high, you’re going to gain strength faster, which means gaining muscle faster, too. Having higher levels of muscle glycogen will more than likely help you build muscle faster.

                  Maintaining high muscle glycogen levels also improves post-workout genetic signaling relating to muscle growth and repair.

                  Muscle Recovery and Glycogen Levels

                  Not only do higher muscle glycogen levels yield quicker strength gains, it will also improve recovery between workouts.

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                  On the contrary, low muscle glycogen levels are associated with overtraining, and even increasingly popular low-carb diets, which deplete muscle glycogen. Low glycogen levels also increase cortisol and reduce testosterone levels in athletes, which is a key component needed for building muscle.

                  Those on a low-carb diets also have reduced insulin levels. Insulin, in addition to helping store nutrients, also has powerful anti-catabolic properties. Basically insulin decreases the rate at which muscle proteins are broken down, which in turn creates a more anabolic environment conducive to muscle growth and development.

                  Intermittent Fasting (“IF”) and Testosterone

                  Fasting is not just a beneficial way to manage your weight, caloric intake, and start shredding as I have indicated in previous articles. Some research shows that fasting can be a source of strength enhancement and increases in testosterone stimulation.

                  As humans age metabolism slows and testosterone production decreases, this simply means that the body will no longer be able to work as efficiently as it did in earlier years. This is one of the primary reasons why you should take more care to your diet.

                  Research has shown that intermittent fasting can enhance the ability to secrete growth hormone in the body.[1] This is one of the primary reasons why IF is one of the preferred dietary habits of bodybuilders and strength athletes such as myself, whom will utilize an approach that emphasizes fasting phases (2 of 7 days of the week for example).

                  Research has also shown that IF can increase the bodies ability to signal luteinizing hormone.[2] In non-obese men, an intermittent fasting testosterone study showed that IF increased LH (luteinizing hormone – a testosterone precursor hormone) up to 67% and overall testosterone 180%.

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                  Luteinizing hormone is one that works in both men and women to enhance our ability to be sexually active and productive. In women, luteinizing hormone can trigger ovulation, and in men, works to stimulate testosterone.

                  Intermittent fasting also increases levels of a hormone called adiponectin. This increase in adiponectin during the fast helps improve insulin sensitivity. Adiponectin is so effective, in fact, that it’s been shown to reverse insulin resistance in mice.

                  Gaining Muscle and Macro Nutrients – Protein!

                  Something that absolutely cannot go overlooked is the protein consumption. Personally, I believe protein should be primarily consumed in food, however if looking to gain muscle, it can often be quite difficult to hit daily macro nutrient requirements.

                  If one is to build muscle consistently a general rule of thumb is to aim for 1-1.5grams of protein per pound of body weight on a daily basis. So as a 200lb man I would be needing to consume 200grams – 250grams of protein per day. I would aim for the higher consumption on days when very active and training.

                  As I’m sure you’re aware, it can often be quite difficult to consume that much protein, especially in food! It’s in these cases where supplementing protein isn’t a bad idea and I have discussed in great detail the different types of protein in previous articles.

                  Generally speaking, I lean towards Whey Protein Isolate, or non-dairy options such as Hemp Protein, or Pea Protein. As of late I have been waking up every morning and consuming one scoop of Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein Bovines from grass-fed beef. Collagen peptides are highly bioavailable and act as building blocks; renewing bodily tissues such as skin, bones and joints.[3]

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                  Collagen peptides may act as a messenger to the cells and trigger the synthesis and reorganization of new collagen fibers, thereby supporting tissue structure. Consuming protein such as Collagen in the morning is beneficial as the stomachs acids are needed to optimally break-down and absorb protein.

                  Though this has been a topic of great debate, I also firmly believe adequate carbohydrates are required to build muscle, especially if you are exercising/training often. With all the low-carb movements floating around the internet, there’s lots of misinformation. Muscle-building requires energy which is typically through an increased intake of carbohydrates.

                  Yes to gain mass, you have to ensure you’re consuming enough protein to rebuild muscle tissue damaged from training; but also consider carbohydrates because gaining size requires filling your muscles with glycogen as we discussed earlier in this article.

                  Conclusion

                  If you’re serious about gaining muscle fast the healthy way, it requires commitment and consistency. You will need to exercise and I highly suggest you download MyFitnessPal to track progress, set goals, and maintain diet.

                  It’s also motivational because you can find like-minded people in the fitness community, or encourage your friends to download the app as well and follow each other. I personally did this when I was losing weight and gaining muscle, and it was a blast to see my own progress and that of people I care about.

                  As always I’m not just here to write about the steps you need to take, I’m also here to help! You can message me anytime or email me with any questions you may have. I’m more than happy to assist with your muscle building and weight loss goals!

                  Featured photo credit: Arthur Edelman via how to gain muscle fast

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