Get your hands up! – A shoulder self-test

This is a great test to see how healthy your shoulders are. Proper shoulder function is vital to preventing shoulder pain, neck pain, back pain, and even hip pain.  This test will show you how well (or badly!) your shoulders are really working.

If you feel pinching pain at any point during this test, it means you’ve got misalignment and muscular imbalances in your shoulder blades and shoulder joints that will affect your neck, mid-back, lower back, and hips via direct muscular and connective tissue connections. Not a good thing to have, but it’s a great thing to know so you can get started fixing it.

This short video demonstrates how to do the self-test:


The great thing about this test is that it can also help you start restoring shoulder health if you do it gently and with proper technique (and assuming your muscular imbalances don’t stem from somewhere other than your shoulders and mid and upper back). If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the comment section below!


About the Author

Matt Hsu is a trainer and orthopedic massage therapist. He fought a long battle with chronic pain all over his body and won. He blends the principles he learned in his journey, empirical observations with clients, and relevant research to help others get their lives back.