Shoulder Having Issues? Anyone Address the Actual Joint, Yet?

Most likely not. They were probably more focused on building up the surrounding musculature. And yet here you still are. Lacking optimal movement and probably thinking you’re just stuck here for the rest of your life, right?

I indulge you to reconsider with me! Shall we?

Second to only the knee, the shoulder is the next most injured joint people seem to suffer from. With it being the most mobile joint in the body, shoulder integrity is something one would do well to take care of because as many individuals already know, not being able to use your shoulder can hinder a great many things with your day-to-day activities!

Usually common with young athletes, initial shoulder compromise can start as early as high school & get worse if proper prehab (see article below)and rehab isn’t executed properly. Which most of the time, it looks to be the case given the lackluster results in optimal movement and stiff joint-play after undergoing surgery and rehab.

The reason I say this is because very few therapy/rehab treatments acknowledge the extravagant importance of joint integrity and building stable connective tissue that snowballs into better and more consistent outcomes with the better mobility along with the attaching musculature. Not to mention the joints are much better adapted to withstand heavier loads of stress, regardless if it’s coming from 1 plane of motion or multiple.

And even if you haven’t suffered an injury, if you’ve been reading this series of joint integrity posts, by now you know the broken record playing that the odds are not in your favor to have top-of-the-line mobility of any joint should it not have proper stabilization, strength and mobility.

Lack of proper and intelligent movement will inevitably limit (literally) your physical well-being. And this isn’t stated to scare you, but the applicable anatomical and neuromuscular science has a knack of being consistent with these cause-and-effect relationships. And in regards to your glenohumeral joint, if your shoulders aren’t moving as well as you’d like, there may be hope. And if you’d like your odds of avoiding shoulder issues to increase, I’ve got you covered, too!

Where to Start?

Traumatic shoulder injuries, tears & miscellaneous anomalies aside (make sure you check with your doctor to confirm what may be best for you if you fall under these categories), we need to first make sure optimal range of motion (ROM) is being established before seriously considering adding any serious weight to your shoulder routine.

Your physical health will adapt to any stress induced upon it, but proper weight and precise movement are vital. What’s most common of shoulder degeneration injuries is that it’s usually involving a stress that’s too extreme at the joint to endure & withstand as it would like to at that particular instance of compromise.

So what do we do? We make damn sure your shoulder joint integrity can handle whatever your livelihood may induce upon it!

Gymnastic Bodies actually already wrote a superb article pertaining to building more stable shoulders. You can read it here: Top 3 Exercises for Indestructible Shoulders.

I’ve also linked up a hinge row video that I think may paint a better picture as to what they were explaining in the article.

To reiterate, I’m not affiliated with GymnasticBodies in any way. Their courses have been such a great service to my patients and myself that I feel morally obligated to make sure as many people are aware of this option, as possible. The return on investment (ROI), in addition to the longevity gains, is immeasurable.

In my opinion, if you’re looking to physically age gracefully (while also being able to do things many younger folk can’t), this is the best way to not only do it, but sustain it, as well.

“Straight arm strength refers to moving the body without the advantage of bending the joints. Essentially then, by increasing the length of the lever, we greatly magnify the intensity of the exercise.”
-Coach Chris Sommer

Coach Sommer coached Olympic gymnastics for 30+ years. Amidst his high demands, there was probably none more important than ensuring his training ensured his athletes were not getting injured while training for their routines, lifts, and/or development.

He may be a credible source to look into, no?

When one has the luxury of controlling it, being proactive is far easier, less stressful & less costly than being reactive.

-Dr. Mo