Got tight, achy shoulders? Here are six quick ways to help your poor people feel better fast.

  1. Say “No” to stress! When you feel stressed emotionally you just might show it by hiking your shoulders to your ears! If you feel your shoulders creeping up, take a deep breath and let them drop back where they belong.
  2. Lift your shoulders and roll them backward. Up and back. Up and back.
  3. Hike your shoulders up to your ears. Hold them there for 20 seconds. That will cause your shoulder muscles to fatigue or become tired. Let them drop. It's okay to do this several times in a row.
  4. Play catch. Throw a baseball or softball. That uses the shoulders in a balanced way and helps the muscles relax. You do not have to throw hard; just toss the ball.
  5. Toss several rocks into a pond. See if you can make the rocks skip. This uses your shoulder muscles and distracts your mind at the same time.
  6. Place ice packs on the tops of your shoulders. Leave them there until you start to feel numbness. The cold packs will help your muscles relax by bringing in more blood. If you can not tolerate cold packs try heat.

It's helpful if you can figure out what caused your shoulders to tighten up in the first place.

People often say, “It's stress.” And stress can be a part of tight shoulder muscles because we absorb certain positions when we feel stressed.

But, most often, it's poor posture.

You see, when your posture is poor it puts a lot of strain on your shoulder and neck muscles. That makes them tighten. Also, if you have a job like typing or hairdressing which causes you to hike your shoulders a lot, muscles can think that's where they are supposed to be.

Here's how to start to correct your post:
Practice lifting your chest and the crown of your head. If you have a “flat” lower back work on sticking your butt out a little. You are expected to have a slight curve behind your waist.

Pay attention to where your head is. Do you ever catch yourself in a mirror or window reflection and wonder why your head is sticking way out in front? Lifting your breastbone and the top of your head toward the sky will help your head get back over your body.

Try any of these six ways to help your shoulders relax that you can do and decide which is most helpful for you. Now you have a new tool to help you get rid of tight achy shoulders.