Yoga for Shoulder Pain Relief

Get Shoulder Pain Relief and Increased Shoulder Flexibility with Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga

Therapeutic Yoga For Shoulder Pain Relief

Some common asanas or yoga for shoulder pain relief which can be performed by patients with shoulder pain are:


  • During the treatment, all the yoga for shoulder pain relief will be performed with the help of props.
  • Patients will be treated by the trained yoga teachers & under the guidance of Yogacharya Rajveer Singh Chauhan.
  • The sequence and difficulty level of asanas may vary according to the condition of patients and their respective medical conditions.
  • Every person will be advised to perform asanas based on their current health, age and their present capacity to perform asanas.

Shoulder pain refers to the pain in the shoulders of a person. The pain in the shoulder emerges from the joints of the shoulders or from the surrounding tendons, muscles, ligaments. Shoulder pain increases with the movements of your arms and shoulders.

Your shoulder has many ranges of motion and any damage to the shoulders can cause extreme pain and could make you unable to move effortlessly. Your shoulders consist of three main bones and two joints which are responsible for the movement of shoulders. The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body and it moves the shoulder in forwarding, backward, upper and circular motion. Shoulders get their range of motion from the rotator cuff and it becomes very difficult to move your shoulders if tendons or bones around the rotator cuff are damaged or swollen.

Shoulder pain is common with people above 60 years of age because the soft tissues surrounding the shoulders start degenerating. In most of cases shoulder pain can be treated at home with therapies but in some severe cases, medications and surgery may be needed.

Shoulders have a large range of motion thus they are more sensitive to injuries. Some common causes of shoulder pain are:

  1. Strains from overexertion
  2. Tendonitis from overuse
  3. Heart attack
  4. Impingement
  5. Osteoarthritis (disease-causing the breakdown of joints).
  6. Rotator cuff injury
  7. Separated shoulder
  8. Septic arthritis
  9. Sprains
  10. Tendinitis
  11. Dislocation
  12. Shoulder joint instability
  13. Frozen shoulder
  14. Pinched nerves (also called radiculopathy)
  15. Avascular necrosis (death of bone tissue due to limited blood flow)
  16. Brachial plexus injury
  17. Broken Arm
  18. Broken collarbone
  19. Bursitis (joint inflammation)Cervical radiculopathy
  20. Dislocated shoulder
  21. Frozen shoulder
  22. Polymyalgia rheumatica
  23. Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
  24. Tendon rupture
  25. Thoracic outlet syndrome
  26. Torn cartilage
  27. Pinched nerves (also called radiculopathy)

There are some signs and symptoms associated with shoulder pain that can be identified. Identifying these signs and symptoms early can be helpful in treating the condition at the right time. Some common symptoms of  shoulder pain are:

  1. Pain in the shoulders without any motion or activity.
  2. Stiffness in the shoulder
  3. A limited range of motions
  4. Pain in doing any simple activity
  5. Selling of the joints
  6. Tenderness of the joints
  7. Feeling of  grinding pain in the shoulders

Frequently Asked Questions for Shoulder Pain

Stress-related pains in the neck mostly affects the primary muscles and nerves running through the neck, shoulders and spine. Lon-term stress or tension results in the creation of snowball effect which can lead to chronic neck and shoulder pain.

Yes, yoga helps a lot in stretching tight muscles and in strengthening weak muscles. Yoga reduces shoulder pain, increases flexibility, and ease the movement. Yoga also relieves mental stress to relax neck and shoulder muscles.

Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga shows effective results in relieving shoulder pain, reducing stiffness and strengthening weak muscles. Regularly Practising Supportive Yoga asanas like Urdhva Hastasana, Bhujangasana (Rope I), Purvottanasana (Rope II), Utthita Trikonasana, Parsvakonasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Sirsasana, Sarvangasana, Uddan, etc. heals shoulder pain and increases flexibility.

There are a lot of asanas which can relieve neck and shoulder pain. But Sarvangasana when practised using support helps in the proper movement of shoulders. This asana reduces stiffness and provides flexibility. Sarvangasana also corrects upper body posture that got imbalanced due to muscles contraction or shoulder blades dislocation.

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