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 third portion of a shoulder mobility flow to help reset and nourish the tissue in and around the shoulder joint.
Last month we explored positions that focused on opening up the anterior (front) area of the shoulder complex, this month we’ll look at the posterior (back) aspect of the shoulder complex as well as dipping into the lateral fascial line. This will wrap up the entire flow sequence. If you’d like to see the full flow uninterrupted, you can check out this link: https://youtu.be/PSoCbAqc7nw
You can also view parts 1 & 2 of the series here:
Part 1 - https://youtu.be/ByViHEUl6ao
Part 2 - https://youtu.be/C10rVWlj2bg
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 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.
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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.