The way to relieve shoulder ache in bowling


Bowling offers many mental and physical benefits. However, doing this sport involves repeatedly swinging your arms, which can cause shoulder pain. In this article, you will learn more about the causes of bowling shoulder pain and how to treat them.

Shoulder pain is a common problem with bowlers. Moving your arm back and forth to release the bowling ball can put stress on your connective tissue. If your shoulder is not trained for these movements, it can cause mild to excruciating pain.

A sore shoulder is to be expected when bowling. Even so, shoulder pain can be severe in some cases. For example, persistent shoulder pain could indicate a rotator cuff tear or shoulder tendinitis. These often cause symptoms such as stiffness and difficulty or pain moving the shoulder. If left untreated, the tendons will tear apart further, causing you to lose strength in your shoulder. It may need to be corrected by surgery.

Do shoulder stretches

One of the best ways to prevent shoulder pain is with stretching. These strengthen your shoulder muscles and keep them flexible at the same time. Below are a few that you can try.

Over the chest

This stretch is designed to stretch your chest muscles, including the chest muscles that are connected to your shoulder.

To do this stretch, you want to stand with correct posture first. Keep your feet close together but evenly spaced from each other. Take your right arm and keep it straight in front of you. Take your left hand and use it to fold your arm around your body. Hold this position for a minute, then switch to your left arm.

Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation stretching releases tense muscles and can promote proper posture.

The first step is to stand as straight as possible. Pull your arms behind you and gather your hands together. When you've done this, gently pull your chest upward. You should feel a slight pull in it. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat eight more times.

Just remember that you don't want to hunch your shoulders or arch your back as you stretch. This could put strain on your shoulder and back muscles and make your current pain worse.

Sedentary rotation

Seat rotations improve your mobility of the spine. This is extremely important in bowling as it can prevent common back and shoulder injuries. The stretch also relieves sore shoulder muscles by working to loosen them up.

You want to sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Put your hands behind your back to support your body. Take your left leg and bend it so that it crosses your right leg. Use your right elbow to turn your body to the left. Rest your elbow on your right kneecap. Hold this position for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat the process with your right leg.

Get chiropractic adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments can be helpful in both healing and preventing shoulder pain. To help identify the root of the problem, a chiropractor feels around your shoulders and asks you questions about the pain. Depending on how severe the problem is, they may also request an x-ray so they can better understand the problem.

A chiropractor then creates a personalized treatment plan. They make various adjustments to your shoulders and may include certain tools like an activator or ultrasound to provide relief. These adjustments also increase your freedom of movement. Your chiropractor will also give you some tips on how to get rid of front and back shoulder pain at home.

Try massage therapy

If you have shoulder pain, it may be useful to try massage therapy. Massage increases blood flow to your shoulders. This new blood supply refreshes the injured area with oxygen and nutrients so it can heal. Massage can also relax tense muscles that can make your shoulder pain worse.

There are a handful of types of massage that a massage therapist might recommend.


A Swedish massage uses long sliding movements to stretch the muscles. These movements encourage blood flow to the area to aid in healing. Since a Swedish massage prevents muscle tension, it can increase the flexibility of your shoulder.


Sports massage is a special type that focuses solely on the muscles, tissues and joints used by athletes. Using techniques from both deep tissue and Swedish massages can not only relieve pain, but also increase blood flow to strengthen the area.

Deep tissue

A deep tissue massage is similar to a Swedish massage, but uses more pressure in your movements. This pressure is said to help the massage therapist penetrate deep into the connective tissue. While it may make you a little sore at first, you will get many benefits over time, including more flexibility, stronger muscles, and less pain.

Trip point

As the name suggests, a trigger point massage focuses on releasing tension in the trigger points of your body. These points are found throughout the body and are believed to be connected to different parts of the body. A massage therapist will apply pressure to relieve tension.

Use ice

Freezing a sore shoulder can quickly reduce painful inflammation. This is because the cold temperature numbs the area and prevents additional swelling. You want to apply ice to the affected shoulder for about 15 minutes every three hours.

Consume anti-inflammatory foods

Shoulder pain is mainly caused by inflammation. By eating anti-inflammatory foods, you can naturally reduce them. It is believed that this is due to the incredible amount of antioxidants that protect your body from inflammation.

Some options that you can add to your diet are:

  • tomatoes
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • turmeric
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • salmon
  • broccoli

Shoulder pain is a common problem bowlers need to watch out for. By following these tips, you can naturally cure and prevent them.


About Dr. Brent Wells:

Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. is a licensed chiropractor who founded Better Health Chiropractic Anchorage in 1998. He is currently leading 10,000 Alaskans into more active, pain-free lifestyles without medication or invasive surgery. He brings a progressive and highly innovative approach to chiropractic, physical rehab therapy and chiropractic massage. Dr. Wells continues his education with ongoing studies in spinal disorders, neurology, physical rehabilitation, biomechanics, occupational ergonomics, whiplash, and traumatology of brain injury. He is also a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians.


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