Why is shoulder stability so crucial? I often talk to my clients about the need for their shoulder blades (scapulas) to be in the correct position, moving freely, that is, not “stuck” but also stable. But why is this important?
The main muscles that stabilize your scapula are the Serratus Anterior, Rhomboids, Trapezius and Levator Scapula. The scapula is able to achieve a great range of movement – elevation and depession, adduction and abduction, protraction and retraction, and upward and downward rotation.
The rotator cuff muscles attach to various parts of the scapula at one end and the top of the bone of the upper arm (humerus) at the other. They encompass and stabilize the glenohumeral joint (where the top of your humerus sits in the socket). The rotator cuff muscles work together as a unit to hold the top of the humerus stable in the socket as you move your arm.
However, when the scapula is not stable this impacts on the position of the socket, the rotator cuff muscles and the postion of the head of your humerus in the shoulder socket. This can cause pain, tendonopathy or impingement. It can also limit your range of movement in your shoulder. The pain can travel down your arm, up into your neck or into your upper back and posterior shoulders.
So, good shoulder stability, with all the muscles working in harmony, is essential to full pain free functioning of your shoulder.
Deep tissue massage and soft tissue therapy can start to address some of the imbalances in the soft tissues that lead to shoulder pain. If this is coupled with specific exercises aimed at improving both range of movement and stability in the shoulder, you should be able to get back to full and pain free movement of the shoulder.
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