Therapy Thursday (evening edition): Shoulder
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We all have shoulders. Two of them actually and they can easily become problematic if we don’t use them properly.
Do you have pain when you lift your arm above your head? There are many reasons for shoulder pain but here is a quick technique that can often help immediately. It’s a three 2-3 step process.
Step 1. Self soft tissue mobilization. Take that tennis or lacrosse ball between your shoulder blade and a wall and lightly massage the area.
Step 2. Activate your lower traps. The lower traps help the scapula to upwardly rotate. A scapula that upwardly rotates well, helps your shoulder move well.
Step 3. Activate your serratus anterior. The SA helps stabilize your scapula against your rib cage and also helps upwardly and downwardly rotate the sacpula.
Assume the position on your hands and knees, with your toes curled under you. Your hands are directly under the shoulder.
Example: Push your upper body away from the ground. Lift your knees 1 inch off of the ground and hold this position for 5 seconds. Return knees to floor. Repeat 10 times.
If these help, then working on some exercises which create a more stable shoulder region will likely be the key to helping that shoulder.
If not, like I said, there are many causes of shoulder pain. If you’ve had some pain for a while and this doesn’t help, schedule an appointment at Advantage Performance Therapy (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will make sure you get the right plan to help your situation.