At Melbourne Natural Therapies our remedial massage therapists are treating more and more symptoms such as neck / shoulder pain & headaches that are actually being cause by “rolled shoulders”. One of the major causes of this is the chest muscles, primarily pectoralis minor. Many of our clients are surprised to hear that an anterior muscle group could be causing their posterior pain and frustratingly they have been trying to treat it by stretching the back when their stretching and treatment should have been targeting the chest.
The reason so many of us have chronically tight chest muscles is that we are spending the majority of our day sitting or standing and doing things with our arms in front of us like typing, texting, driving, playing video games and remedial massage (yep we get it too!). Humans were made to move and the shoulder joint in particular was designed to be rotating back and forth all day, as a result getting even use between the anterior and posterior muscle groups.
The main reasons people develop rounded shoulders are:
- Many workouts target the biceps and chest and neglect the back. If you don’t already have rounded shoulders from doing this, you are likely to start creating muscle imbalances if you don’t change the way you train. Work your entire body not just the areas you can see.
- Older clients tend to get rounded shoulders from lack of strength, flexibility and years and years of poor posture.
- And obviously anyone sitting at a desk for a large part of the day have a much greater tendency to develop anterior muscular imbalance.
When you spend the majority of your time with your arms in front of you, it also becomes a deeply embedded habit for your body to round the shoulders. As a result, the muscles in the upper back and neck strain, overstretch and overwork. The chest muscles shorten, the muscles between the shoulder blades weaken and the back muscles stretch and lengthen. Smaller muscles that are not designed to be postural muscles have to work very hard doing a job they were not designed to do.
Excessive chest tightness can lead to chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, fatigue and difficulty breathing. If you are having pain, it’s important to see a remedial massage therapist and/or a chiropractor who can help with your muscle imbalances, align your spine properly and adjust your training program. If you would like to book an appointment you can visit the Melbourne Natural Therapies online booking page or call us on 03 9645 9923
Melbourne Combined Natural Therapies
Remedial Massage | Myotherapy
51 City Road Souhtbank VIC 3006