shoulder pain

Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 44: Serratus Slides for Shoulder Health

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body.  Due to this, our shoulders have a strong need to be stable.  Unfortunately, today's lifestyle puts us into repetitive postures that are not conducive to these needs. 

Sitting down at a desk all days causes stiffness/tightness of the upper traps and pecs, and weakness of the deep neck flexors and serratus anterior (SA). 

One simple, yet effective exercise that helps build healthy shoulders is serratus slides.  This drill is used primarily to strengthen the SA which is responsible for stabilizing your shoulders on the rib cage, and helps us reach our arm overhead. 

Check out the video below to learn how to perform serratus slides. 

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Move Well, Stay Strong.

Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 41: Prone Shoulder CARs

Controlled Articular Rotations (CARs) have been one of the best things since slice bread.  The crazy part is there is nothing magical about them.  CARs simply are movements that we do that force us to challenge our end ranges of motion allowing us to improve our joint health, improve our bodily control, and help us assess our bodies. 

Also, CARs can be done in numerous ways.  If you can move your joint from said position, you can challenge your range of motion in a number of ways. 

One of my favorite ways to challenge shoulder range of motion is by doing my shoulder CARs from the prone (lying on your stomach) position.  

Check out the video below to learn how.

Move Well, Stay Strong.

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Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 15 - Improving Your Shoulder Health - The Scapula Part 2

In last weeks post, I discussed the concept of scapular stability and it's role in shoulder health.  

As a reminder, the shoulder needs three things to stay healthy:

  1. Good Shoulder Mobility
  2. Good Thoracic Spine Mobility.
  3. Good Scapular Control

This week is going to cover scapular control and why it's needed to make stuff work nice.

Even though the scapula is considered a "stable" joint in the joint-by-joint approach we spoke of last week, it still requires some degrees of mobility as well.  If the scapula was designed to be only stable, it would be fused to the ribs, versus having the ability to move around it.  

The ability to express movement of the scapula will allow for optimal kinematics of the shoulder, and allow for you to express improved stability in many different arm positions.  This leads to increased strength and reduced risk of injury.

Questions, Comments, Concerns?  Let me know below!

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Move Better Installment No. 2: Controlled Articular Rotations

Move Better Installment No. 2: Controlled Articular Rotations

This blog post is a follow up to last weeks post on CARs.  Learn how to correctly perform shoulder and hip CARs - as well as some key points needed to effectively perform Controlled Articular Rotations.