With Gavin Buehler
If you are experiencing shoulder discomfort, pain or a lack in range of motion, this band assisted mobility flow might help.
Continuing where we left off with last month’s F.I.T. Tip, I’m going to flow into the second portion of a shoulder mobility flow to help reset and nourish the tissue in and around the shoulder joint.
Last month we kicked off the flow with positions that focused on the overhead arm position, this month we’ll look at opening up the anterior (front) area of the shoulder complex.
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 the anterior (front) of the shoulder and pecs. Stay tuned for the next installment where we’ll target the posterior (back) area of the shoulder along with the lateral line and wrap things up with an overview of the full flow.
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.
You can check out parts 1 & 3 here:
Part 1 - https://youtu.be/ByViHEUl6ao
Part 3 - https://youtu.be/XWPwL5Y2KDU
The full flow uninterrupted here: https://youtu.be/PSoCbAqc7nw
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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.