Shoulder problems are a rather common health issue that affect people of all ages. Shoulders are used often and in many ways through routine and athletic activities. With their network of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments, shoulders are quite susceptible to pain and injury. There are many causes of shoulder soreness, including a breakdown of the soft tissue, fractures, separation, and arthritis. Below are a few tips for dealing with minor shoulder soreness. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) Despite the varying conditions that cause shoulder soreness, most shoulder problems are initially treated with RICE. This is a great first step to treat your minor shoulder soreness. At the inception of your shoulder soreness, try to rest it for 48 hrs. Resting the shoulder helps prevent further irritation or damage. Rest helps heal the shoulder more quickly and reduces pain. In addition to rest, apply ice to the sore area. While over the counter cold packs are readily available at your local pharmacy, you can simply fill a plastic bag with ice, wrap it with a cloth, and apply to the shoulder. The ice will help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. To further aid in reducing inflammation, put a compression bandage or wrap around the affected area of the shoulder. This'll also help keep the shoulder in place to aid in a speedier recovery, and reduce inflammation. Be careful not to make the wrap or bandage too tight as you want to avoid circulation issues. The last step for RICE is being sure to elevate your shoulder above the heart level. This is especially important if you are having minor shoulder soreness due to an injury. If caused by injury, you'll want to elevate within the first 24 hours. This'll also help reduce inflammation. Soreness goes away more quickly, and injuries heal more quickly if you can reduce inflammation. Anti-Inflammatories Whether shoulder pain is due to natural causes or injury RICE should be used at the onset of shoulder pain, but there is also the option of using over the counter medication to aid in pain relief and inflammation. Common over the counter medications include acetaminophen and ibuprofen. These should be taken in addition to RICE. Massage with Oils While RICE is a natural way to treat minor shoulder soreness, there are other natural options. One such option is massage. Minor shoulder soreness can be relieved via massage using warm oils such as coconut oil or olive oil. This is a good option if you've someone to help. Massaging the sore area helps with blood circulation and helps reduce inflammation. It's evident that the key to reducing minor shoulder soreness is to tackle the issue of inflammation. This is done through several means including rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Over the counter anti-inflammatories, and massage are additional options for dealing with minor shoulder pain.