It will be a two part post where this one focuses on pinning the problem for where MOST go wrong....
MOBILITY of the lumbar and thoracic spine!
As our country has aged and developed....we have become more accustomed to desk jobs and sitting for long periods of time which, in return, wreck havoc on your shoulders and posture, leaning you stiff as a board and basically "setting yourself up" for injuries if you try to train hard without doing your drills.
Mobility is KING when it comes to health. Plain and simple. You need it, I need it...EVERYONE needs it.
So if you don't take 5-10 minutes a day to work on it, don't be surprised if you start getting bodily aches and pains.
Besides the point, lets get back to the back and shoulders. Most injuries that flare up shoulders stem from a lack of movement in areas surrounding the lumbar and thoracic spine, which is why these drills can be life savers for you when trying to re-hab or even just keep yourself healthy! The glenohumeral joint sits on the scapula(shoulder blade) which moves in accordance with the thoracic spine(mid back).
Taking the time to complete a well rounded approach to improve motion in ALL these areas are key, and below I have just a FEW exercises you can do prior to your training.
There you have it!
In addition to these you can try exercises like(simple searches can help you find them):
1) Wall Slides
2) Lat/T Spine Mobilizations
3) Scapular Pro/Re Tractions
4) Back to Wall Shoulder Flexions
Stay tuned for part TWO as I show a few exercises to help STRENGTHEN the shoulders to make them virtually BULLETPROOF.
Remember, please like and share this post with someone who may suffer from shoulder pain and need this! I am always looking to help people when I can!
Happy Thursday Friends!
Remember, if you are having pain...STOP what you are doing and find the culprit. Don't continue training through pain and using drugs and creams hoping it will someday go away!
Figure out the root cause, and if you are not sure, message me and I would be more than happy to set up a session to go over your history with you.
Now, go crush your workouts tomorrow!