What does having ’rounded shoulders’ mean?
Rounded shoulders are a very common postural issue. You’ve probably seen someone with a very bad posture with their shoulders slouching forward. Having rounded shoulders means that your shoulder position has moved forward from its ideal alignment.
In general, having poor posture habits is the most common reason for having rounded shoulders. Overly tight chest muscles, weak upper back muscles, muscle imbalances, sleeping in a bad position or slouching when seated can also contribute to the problem. Having rounded shoulders can result in unnecessary pain and tension in the upper body, neck, and shoulders, but it also increases the risk of shoulder impingement and a chance of further injury.
Sitting at your desk all day bent over a computer screen or driving for prolonged periods will put you in a higher risk of having rounded shoulders. Only focusing on chest strength at the gym and neglecting the upper back muscles can also lead to having rounded shoulders. It’s highly important to focus on strengthening your body all over to avoid any kind of muscle imbalances. Our Personal Trainers can help you get started on your fitness journey or help correct your form and get you on the right track!
Regular stretching and strengthening can help you move your shoulder position back to its ideal alignment. Here are some easy and simple stretching exercises for keeping your shoulders healthy. These exercises can be done anywhere with minimal equipment!