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When tight­ness or cramps set in, these four fixes of­fer quick re­lief.

Runner's World South Africa - - Contents -

What it feels like: Tight­ness be­tween the shoul­der blades

Why it hap­pens: This kind of pain is linked to hip mis­align­ment and mainly af­fects post­par­tum women: many have not fully re­habbed, caus­ing them to run with an an­te­rior pelvic tilt, which puts pres­sure on the back and shoul­ders. Other peo­ple may run with shoul­ders shrugged and head for­ward, put­ting strain on up­per back mus­cles.

The fix: Try big back­ward shoul­der rolls while run­ning. If the pain doesn’t sub­side, get off the course and lace your fin­gers to­gether with your palms fac­ing each other, be­hind your back. Straighten up as tall as pos­si­ble, then bend back­wards gen­tly at the hips un­til you feel a stretch in your up­per back.

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