What Causes Shoulder Pain While Running
It happened again. Another run cut short by neck and shoulder pain. If anything, you should be feeling the burn in your legs—so why is your shoulder hurting instead?
You may be surprised to find out that the shoulder and neck pain you experience while running are caused by the typical culprits:
- Poor posture
- Bad form
Many Americans (especially those who spend a great deal of time looking into computer screens, phone screens, or books) experience tightness in their neck and shoulders for a variety of different reasons, ranging from sleep to sedentary jobs. This often happens because you’ve been sitting still too long, sitting improperly, or performing motions that result in painful stress and strain on your neck and shoulder muscles. When you get moving, that tension or strain can become much more noticeable.
Stretches and Motions that May Reduce Running-Related Shoulder Pain
Regardless of the source, there are a few solutions to help you break up the tension in your neck and shoulders and get back to training for that big race. Next time you’re on a run and your shoulder starts hurting, try doing any of the following:
- Moving your arms in a windmill motion (forward and backward)
- Place your hands on your head and push your elbows back
- Elongate your spine and run chest-first (as opposed to headfirst or shoulders-first)
- Drop your shoulders down and relax them
If these don’t work to reduce your pain, there could be a deeper issue. When shoulder pain persists, it is always best to get the help of a professional.
Connect with a Sports Therapist in Manhattan Today
Our team at Manhattan Sports Therapy is familiar with all kinds of running and sports-related injuries, including an achy runner’s shoulder. When our clients come in, we do everything in our power to get them back out there and doing what they love as soon as possible. It is our mission to offer you personalized physical therapy solutions that work and help you overcome your injury and discomfort once and for all.
Schedule your first appointment with our Board Certified Therapist today by calling (646) 798-1330. You can also contact us online to tell us about your injury or pain, and someone from our team will be in touch with you promptly.