Shouldering Too Much Load?
Earlier this month I wrote about how the neck and upper back can make a very big contribution to shoulder pain. Today I want to take that idea further and demonstrate how upper-back positioning can allow more or less arm movement depending on what you're doing with it. To move your arms properly it takes more than shoulder muscles. Here is a video that demonstrates how your upper back should be a part of that movement, thus decreasing the stress on your shoulders:
As you can see, the upper back’s contribution can easily be overlooked. So many times throughout the day we need to reach overhead, like into a cabinet, or behind us, such as the backseat of the car. The areas that are not in pain can help offload those areas that are irritated.
So, just because you don't have upper-back pain doesn’t mean there isn’t dysfunction there, and as you can see, it must be assessed—especially if your shoulders are starting to hurt.
If you or somebody you know is having issues, we can help get to the root of the problem. Give us a call and set up an appointment for a movement screening, the first step toward moving pain-free again.
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Until next time,
Dr. Kyle Buth