Once upon a time our shoulders were given a range of tasks, digging, climbing, chopping wood, balancing baskets on heads, up, down, forward, back. Thanks to modern technology, many of those movements have become obsolete. How many times a day to you raise your hands above your head? To wash your hair? To take something from the top shelf of your cupboard? (Not at work of course, that’s a hazard!) And so the incidence of frozen shoulders continues to skyrocket. We have forgotten our old motto; “Use it or lose it,” And we are poorer for it.
I'm not saying that you should encourage your 80yo arthritic grandparent to go rock-climbing with you, but its no secret that movement is key to a healthy body. The sun is out, so get out and move about!
The exception to this is of course the overuse or repetitive strain injury (RSI) – most commonly addressed by workplace safety trainers - which is caused by repeating the same movement again and again. To avoid RSIs, try to vary the work you do, give the overused muscles a break or try to target a different set of muscles by changing positions for a while. Using fewer muscles will only target those muscles further.
Have a Merry Christmas!