As promised in our last video, this is something you can do on your own to help facilitate a normal rhythm of your scapula (shoulder blade).
Oftentimes, your shoulder blade can be limited in its motion due to tight muscles, poor posture, or limited mobility of your thoracic spine. This specific exercise will help loosen up the muscles that limit your shoulder blade motion.
You can use a tennis ball, golf ball or lacrosse ball. Adjust the pressure on the ball by using more or less body weight.
* This will NOT feel amazing at first! It can be quite tender where that ball is hitting! However, it should not hurt your shoulder at all. If you do have actual pain (not a lot of tenderness), don’t just push through it and ignore it.
Please let us know how it’s going and if you need anything from us. We’re here for you!
When folks think about what may be the reason as to why their shoulder is hurting, they aren’t likely thinking about their shoulder blade. BUT, our scapula (shoulder blade) motion is critical to having correct movement at the shoulder joint.
There are lots of ways to facilitate the shoulder blade moving well, and taping is one of them. Check out the time lapse of Charlie taping Lenny to help keep the correct postural position of the scapula.
It’s really common after a shoulder injury (or just an overuse issue like sitting at a desk all day) for your shoulder blade to become stiff and limited, and “stuck” in the wrong position, affecting what happens at the shoulder joint. If these mobility problems aren’t fixed, doing simple rotator cuff or shoulder strengthening exercises won’t cut it, and you’ll struggle with shoulder pain, especially when you lift and use your arm in the overhead position.
Next we’ll show you some things you can do at home to work on your shoulder blade motion!
Stay tuned, and stay healthy!