Do your shoulders creek and crack when you move them? Do you notice that you are starting to look like you are carrying the weight on the world on your drooping shoulder when you look in the mirror? Are you suffering from pain and stiffness in your upper body? These 3 QiGong Exercises Will Help To Fix Shoulder Pain.
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Qigong is quickly sweeping North America as the next revolution in physical exercise and moving meditation. Its exercises are composed of soft, slow-moving, bodyweight movements. The exercises are gentle enough for all fitness levels and ages to perform, yet possess powerful healing powers both from an energetic and physical perspective. The movements incorporate strength, flexibility, range of motion, and postural stability as well as respiratory and cardiovascular stimulation. In addition, the movements are tied to specific visualizations and intentions that turn the physical movements into moving meditations. Their effect is as much mental and emotional as it is physical and energetic. It seems that once again, what was old, is now… NEW!!
Exercise #1 – Opening the lung
On a physical level, the movement of this exercise activates all the flexor and extensor, abductor and adductor muscles on the front and rear portions of the arms, shoulders, chest and back. These are the muscles that help us to push, pull and lift objects with our upper body. Muscles such as the biceps, triceps, pectorals, trapezius, rhomboid, latissimus dorsi and deltoids. It also loosens the spine by alternately flexing and extending the back during the movement. This helps to regain strength and structural stability of the entire shoulder girdle, helping to relieve pain and avoid future injury.
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Exercise #2 – Twisting Metal
On a physical level, the movement of this exercise activates the muscles of the rotator cuff. These muscles are responsible for rotational movement and stability of the shoulder joint. In addition, it stimulates the supinator and pronator muscles of the arm which act on the elbow and wrist. These muscles help us to perform all twisting or rotating movements with the shoulders, elbows and hands. They are the smaller, often forgotten about, but very important muscles that aid in everyday actions we do with our upper body.
Exercise #3 – Kun
On a physical level, this movement focuses on increasing the internal and external rotation of the shoulder joint. Limitations and infrequency of these types of movements are the cause of many of the chronic pains and injuries that people suffer with. These same muscles are some of the most often injured during falls where an outstretched arm was used to brace for the body’s impact with the ground.
On an energetic level, all three exercises stimulate Qi (energy) flow through the acupuncture meridians that travel through the shoulders and arms. By moving Qi through the Lung, Large & Small Intestine, Heart, Pericardium and San Jiao acupuncture meridians, these exercises promote the movement of blood and oxygen throughout the corresponding muscles and tissues. This results in the stimulation of the healing process as well as maintaining overall proper physical function.
Limited physical activity and the resulting small ranges of motion that people perform throughout their regular daily lives is ruining us as a physical being. Our poor posture and the resulting irritation, inflammation and eventual degeneration and injury have become an all to common complaint of WAAAAY too many people in the modern “chained to the desk” work world. But fear not, Qigong may just be the answer we’ve been looking for. Its exercise for the mind and body that can be used as little or as much as we like. As the saying goes, “every little bit helps!” Whether it’s used on a daily bases or only a few times a week, Qigong has the power to bring your mind and body back into balance and free you of the pains that stop you from moving.
…Give it a try!