The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the human body. It’s a ball and socket joint and has the ability to go in virtually any direction. Fun fact: There are 17 muscles that attach to the shoulder blade alone! For this reason strengthening your muscles for optimal shoulder health can be a complex process. If these muscles do not fire correctly, there’s a good chance that developing shoulder and neck pain is not far off. Having weakness in the shoulder can even give you headaches.
From experience treating patients the majority of shoulder pain is caused by 2 things:
- weakness in external rotators of the rotator cuff
- poor posture and poor overhead shoulder mobility
Here are 3 of my go to exercises to improve shoulder pain:
Serratus Wall Slide
End Range External Rotation
If you have been dealing with shoulder pain for a long time, avoiding movements in the gym, or simply avoiding things you love, I would love to talk to you more.