Fix That Cranky Shoulder (Part 4)

 If it were socially acceptable, this would be my preferred work attire during flu season.

If it were socially acceptable, this would be my preferred work attire during flu season.

Is it me, or is half of the eastern seaboard infected with the flu?  The Mayans may have incorrectly guessed the end of the world, but it looks like they were about three weeks off from correctly predicting the great "flu-pocalypse".

Anyway, as some of you may be sitting at home trying not to feel like death, I figured I could give you something to read.  After all, I've been doing my best to stay healthy...which is my usual routine of lifting heavy weight and eating lots of fruits and vegetables.

With that said, today's post will focus on Part 4 of my "Cranky Shoulder" series.  If you haven't caught my first three updates, feel free to click for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

 There's so much going on at the shoulder, it's a wonder how more people aren't in pain!

There's so much going on at the shoulder, it's a wonder how more people aren't in pain!

As I left off in Part 3, we were trying to "lock in" that new mobility with some stability.  Doing so will tell your body it's safe to use this new mobility, and by doing it frequently enough, you'll be able to reverse some of your own limitations.  But once we've completed this necessary stability, it's time for us to transfer all of this work into our actual workout.

A lot of shoulder stability issues arise from problems with your rotator cuff.  The rotator cuff plays a critical role in keep your bones from colliding into each other, as it pulls the head of your humerus down to create more space whenever your doing an upper body movement.

So how does one train their rotator cuff while creating shoulder stability when working out?  Well, here's a video I made to discuss just that:

As you can see, the concept of "shoulder packing" is pretty important.  I always like to tell my clients, a packed shoulder is a healthy shoulder.

I believe this post will conclude my shoulder stability series for the time being.  I hope you've enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing/filming them.  

Until my next post, stay healthy everyone!