January 28, 2016
Does it hurt to move your arm up over your head? Are you fearful of moving the arm because it will hurt? There may be a way for you to move it further without pain…MOVE THE BODY INSTEAD.
Below is a video of me doing a simple movement that has been very beneficial for myself and clients. Here is a brief description of how to do it and why.
Try to keep the back of the shoulder close to the ground. Rolling forward in the shoulder to get further simply takes the force somewhere else. Quality is more important than quantity. It’s not a race to the finish line.
You can control movement patterns in several ways:
So for this movement you can change the height of the hand on the wall. The distance you are from the wall. by bending the elbow to different angles. The direction you place your fingers (fingers towards ceiling example). Speed change around the clock and stopping at moments to feel the motion. Pressing into the wall to increase the load.
Why can it be helpful? The shoulder is the first load bearing joint in the body. The body generates force around the anchor point. Think crawling. Taking it back to a fixed anchor point in which the body moves around the shoulder can help restore movement memory. Anchor and move the pillar (whole body).
Give it a try and don’t forget to do the non painful side too. The body works in pairs. There’s a reason you have two arms and legs…they work together. Often you will discover the painful side is hurting because of dysfunction on the non-painful side. Always work both.
‘Where you think it is, it, ain’t.’ -Ida Rolf
Move. Play. Smile. Heal