Tip 1: Avoid Aggravating Activities
How can you expect your shoulder to get better if you keep exposing it the activities that make it worse? It may sound really straight-forward, but many people get this first simple step wrong. The body cannot heal itself if you don’t allow enough time for it to do so. Avoid aggravating positions such as overhead movements, lifting and sleeping on the painful shoulder. We call this controlling the load and is a good first rehab step.
What to do instead? Try to use the non-affected shoulder to perform overhead and other aggravating activities. When you do use your affected shoulder, try to keep your elbows pointing towards the ground and close to the side of your body.
Tip 2: Build scapula stability
What to do instead? Try to be mindful of your posture and ensure your shoulders don’t roll forwards. Shoulder retraction exercises are very helpful at correcting scapula position and enhancing posture. Taping can also help to get the shoulders back and improve posture. Click on the link below to see a demonstration of an effective exercise to build scapula stability.
Tip 3: Strengthen Rotator Cuff Muscles
Link to Video:
1. Cools, A. 2014. Br J Sports Med: 692-7