Shoulder overuse injuries are extremely common, and don’t just show up in athletes. A lot of us use bad technique, don’t balance our programs out enough, or stand badly during the day. Whatever the reason, shoulders can get tight and way out of wack. You can do your own shoulder self massage to help ease the pain and decrease risk of injury. A bit of soft tissue work will almost always help to loosen the area, ensure that your shoulder stays in better balance, and will reduce the chance of many different kinds of injuries. The tough thing is that going to a massage therapist all the time is not only time consuming, it’s pretty expensive. Luckily enough you have other options, and can do some pretty good soft tissue work by yourself at home. Try these tennis ball exercises out. Remember that it is most likely going to hurt a lot the first time, as you will find a lot of trigger points you didn’t know existed, but your range of motion will increase right away.
Secondly, take a look at this video. If you have a foam roller around, it is worth doing some foam rolling work on your lats. Tight lats are often a symptom, or a cause of shoulder pain, and loosening them can help you go a long way to a healthier shoulder.