Shoulder Pain in the Way?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

As a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, I communicate with an array of people looking for advice to improve their health. There are not enough fingers on my two hands to count the percentage of those people who have expressed some concern of joint pain, specifically related to the shoulder, hip, or knee. The winter season brings cooler air and darker days, which leads to achy joints and decreased motivation. So what better way to feel better, than to increase your knowledge on your achy joints, and add some easy, at-home exercises to keep you healthy and happy!

The shoulder is a fragile joint, as it has the ability to freely move in any direction; therefore, it is an easy joint to injure. The rotator cuff of the shoulder is comprised of three muscles that all extend from your shoulder blade to your arm and help with this high degree range of motion. More times than not, people live with a pain in the top of one, or both shoulders and can’t explain the cause. Well, it may be due to a rotator cuff tear. According to Mayo Clinic, “Rotator cuff injuries occur most often in people who repeatedly perform overhead motions in their jobs or sports. Examples include painters, carpenters, and people who play baseball or tennis.”

Because these muscles are smaller, they are typically forgotten in an individual’s resistance training plan. If you are experiencing these pains or are in a workplace described above, work this simple exercise into your daily routine.

Side-Lying External Rotations

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Corissa Conard Greater Green Bay YMCA
Certified Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach