F.I.T. Tips: SHOULDER PAIN? Try This Mobilization Flow Pt.1

With Gavin Buehler


If you are experiencing shoulder discomfort or pain, this band assisted mobility flow might help. For this month’s F.I.T. Tip I’m going to introduce the first portion of a shoulder mobility flow to help reset and nourish the tissue in and around the shoulder joint. The use of the band allows us to add a little bit of traction to help create some space and allow the shoulder to naturally recenter itself reducing friction and discomfort. Since the shoulder joint is generally an unstable joint, I must stress that the traction used is gentle. Once we have the joint in a better position to move, we begin to use an active succussive motion to promote the production of the nourishing lubricating synovial fluid within the joint. This also helps activate and pump blood into the dynamic stabilizers surrounding the shoulder complex to re-establish a mind muscle connection with those muscles as well as nourish the tissue with blood flow. This video’s portion focuses on an overhead position. Stay tuned for the next installment where we’ll target the anterior (front) of the shoulder and pecs. This is a great flow that can be used in a warm-up, for recovery or general maintenance. The tempo can be manipulated to suit the context that you are applying it to. If you liked this article please share it! Thanks! As always, this video is for educational purposes only. Please consult a health professional before attempting new exercises or protocols, as the following suggestions may or may not be appropriate for you.