Fix Your Shoulder Pain
with these mobility exercises
by Amanda Jane Snyder
Because the shoulder is a ball and socket joint, it is capable of so much movement, which also means it’s capable of greater risk of injury.
Not only that, limited shoulder mobility can prevent us from doing certain exercises properly, leading to an overcompensation in the mid/lower back which in turn may lead to injury in those areas.
For all my performers out there: good shoulder mobility is a must for dancers if we want a beautiful and seamless portebras. But how about beyond that? Certain partner work requires strong and mobile shoulders to lift our partner overhead or even to do certain tumbling tricks as well.
A lot of us may not realize that exercises we are performing regularly in the gym are being done incorrectly... and that is most likely due to lack of shoulder mobility. Next time you're at the gym doing an overhead press, take a look in the mirror. Is your core tight? Are your ribs flaring out. Is your lower back arched? This all might be happening due to compensation for the lack of range of motion in our shoulders.
This simple test can reveal where your imbalances might lie. For some, internal rotation might be the issue, for others external rotation could be what's holding you up. After the test, follow these practical daily exercises that you can do to address these imbalances.
Have you tested your shoulder mobility? What do you need to work on?
Amanda Jane Snyder is a certified FRCms instructor, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Mindset Coach living in Brooklyn, NY. She has been vegan since 2016. She specializes in Strength and Conditioning for Actors, Singers, and Dancers.