1970 i jammed my neck into a rolled up mat in physed tumbling class for my degree at york university. i still feel the small pain there, esp when i used to exercise isometrically my neck muscles. i have not done any neck isos for many years due to my poor feelings here afterwards. are there any new exercises out there that you favour??
How can I schedule a personal consult time with you to help me design an individual work out plan?
Who should I go to to have my shoulder evaluated?
Even though the pain in my right shoulder never leaves, definitely, at times it is much worse than at other times, especially after doing push ups. With doing pull ups or hanging from a pull up bar, it seems to decrease. I used your shoulder pain removing series of exercises and that helped some. I want to get this corrected ASAP. The quality of my life is adversely affected and my ability to do the work outs I love have become limited. But I don’t want to go under the knife. What to do? Help!
Wish I’d seen this six months ago – Probably because of my poor scapular health, I tore my rotator cuff and one of the tendons. Not a good prospect. this has limited many opportunities and caused a whole cascade of additional aches and pains. So glad you published this video. Hope it raises awareness and assists other to avoid my situation.
Quick question. I had a partial shoulder replacement. I have been a competitive powerlifter for a long time but that is not the cause of my shoulder problem.
I had a separation in HS playing football and I also coached HS baseball early in my coaching career. Now I am a head FB coach, but back then I threw a lot of batting practice and then is when pain first began.
I can still bench press pretty heavy with no problems but I cannot get my arms externally rotated to get the bar on my back to squat. I have to use a safety squat bar (with handles in front) to be able to squat. The squat is my best lift as I have done over 600lbs in comp. at 165lbs. bodyweight.
Will I ever be able to squat with a straight bar again? Thanks much.
Great video as always. Fixing shoulders can be overwhelming to us. Like you, we have businesses and kids sucking up our time. Chunking this down to the scapula is great and I hope you can do videos on other specifics like this. I thought a scapula was a new Toyota, but now I understand what it does and will be aware of problems to overcome in that area.
I’m a 75 yr. old woman with an elongated “spur” of 2 inches long in my shoulder. Difficulty with the right arm reaching back, i.e. hooking up a bra, otherwise fairly good ROM although getting more pain in swimming the American Crawl and lying on my right shoulder when going to sleep. Obviously the “spur” is compromising the soft tissue. Given two options by the doctor. 1 – do nothing and don’t stop whatever it is I’m doing as I still have good ROM or 2 – a complete shoulder replacement.
I am quite active and choose to do number 1 at the present. Any suggestions?
BTW good video.
Thanks for the video I need to keep my right shoulder working. Actually think that my scapula is trong. I am 65 and did 18 years of ballet followed by 40 years of working with horses. The x-Rays taken by the orthopedic surgeon showed that I have no cartilage in my left shoulder joints after injuries caused by horses. I now do Pilates . My left arm moves forwards to slightly over shoulder height but not sideways or backwards
For your shoulder flexibility program…if doing the hands behind back and overhead routine do I have to stop my other upper body workouts or can I do both
You don’t have to stop, but if you’re getting super sore and tight from your upper body workouts, decrease the volume/intensity a bit and it’ll speed your progress.
Hi Eric, thank you so much for your work. Always looking forward to your videos. Hey, have a question. I don’t seem to have an issue with mobility, but when I am raising the arms, at a certain angle, as my arm passes gets to the face level, I can feel a distinct click, like the shoulder muscles are overlapping, and sometimes it is accompanied by noticeable pain. Do you think it could be the joint rather than the muscles?
Generally if it’s just tendons that click it doesn’t hurt.
If it hurts, it could be the joint, possibly AC joint or a tendon clicking over a bony surface, which could cause pain.
I can’t be certain though, as I’m not assessing your shoulder in person, so just some things to consider.
Thank you soooomuch for teaching and spending time. May the Lord bless you and keep you healthy.I am looking forward for the future videos. Thank you again.
Very sweet of you, thanks Mary and yes, more great videos are a-coming. 🙂
Hi Eric, I had extremely winged scapula. Always maxing out push-ups. Never doing rows or lat pull downs. I tore a bicep tendon in my shoulder at work. Had surgery and they took alot of labrim cartilage out as well as pin down the tendon. Now I struggle with any push-up movement. I fixed my scapula movement with wide arm lat pull downs and seated rows. 5 years old injury now it’s really stuffed me up. Any advice to get push-ups again pain free?
The thing is that both Pushups and Lat Pulldowns work muscles that contribute to internal rotation of the shoulder, so your external rotators weren’t worked.
Then, we need to get at the serratus anterior.
Luckily, more training is coming to deal with just that, so just keep your eyes on your inbox. 🙂
Thank you kindly Eric. I am currently working through bullet proof back program and must say it’s working fantastically in reducing pain already. Thanks again Eric much appreciated. Regards Doug
Good stuff. Thanks for the feedback Doug and you’re welcome.
Hey Eric, I much appreciate your work and look forward to the videos. My pain is a dull pain at rest moderate to sharp during movement. A lot of my discomfort and pain comes with lifting or moving my arm with light weight at work with the arm in an extended or outreached position, some pain at the top or front of the shoulder, but a lot of the pain or discomfort seems to come from the back of the torso in the area I figure the scapular to be moving in. I do not know what the scapula moves on, or what is between the the scapula and what it rotates or moves on but this is where 75% of my pain and discomfort comes from. Could you address some of these issues.
I will do my best – exercises coming will get at areas that aren’t typically worked so you may find some relief from them.
My right shoulder blade when moving to the limits in any plane also, like Mathew Schwar, ‘crunch’ and ‘pop’! There is little or no pain but does this indicate injuries (scar tissue?) within the joint?
I have tried foam / ball rolling to no avail and that is painful! Your thoughts are appreciated!
Clunking is either something to ignore or a problem with “joint centration”.
We’ll discuss this more going forward.
I has a grade 2 A/C joint dislocation( left) doing break falls in a Jujitsu class. This occurred 18yrs ago. Initial pyshiotherapy was short and culminated in my achieving a one armed push up and was classed as ‘cured’!
Since then rotation of my shoulders has been difficult and has a lack of flexibility.
I can only complete front squats with crosse arms as trying the conventional way I cannot raise my elbows and support the bar in my front deltoid.
Raising my arms from my sides to above me head causes a sticking point/ bone grinding sensation at the top of my left shoulder.
My latimus is tight and my rear deltoid, when I try to work it with a light weight just aches.
I have had shockwave treatment (5 in total) in the area due to an impingement.
This is a bit long winded Eric but I hope this gives you a rough idea!
All good, definitely gives me some info to think about. Thanks for sharing!
I have some of the jamming on front in my right shoulder when I lift my arm. I can’t extend both arms overhead (mainly due to chest tightness), but at least the left scapula feels like it’s tracking properly. When I lift my right arm, it feels like my shoulder pulls forward and instead of just upwardly rotating, the scapula also slides down. Also, when I roll my shoulders, there’s a bunch of grinding in the right scapula. Posted a youtube video in the website bar. Looking forward to the series, but if you have any other thoughts, I’d love to hear them. Thanks Eric.
Thanks King Eric
Love your wisdom and applied knowledge.
Am in a rehabilitation phase of training at moment so these video series couldn’t have come at a better time.
I can,t fully extend arms in straight line overhead with both arms at the same time. There is grinding and popping as I stretch and work the fascia. Any ideas about strengthening and increasing range of motion without pain
That’s the idea – we’re starting with the assessment and in the coming weeks, exercises to help.
I can,t fully extend arms in straight line overhead with both arms at the same time. There is grinding and popping as I stretch and work the fascia.
I have some “clunking” at the acromioclavicular joint when I am go from abduction to flexion and close chain protraction. There is no pain…yet. Any thoughts on this?
I’m not exactly sure what movement you’re telling me you’re describing… Can you try describe again?
If my scap is elevated and I protract with a straight arm I get a clunk at the AC joint. Thanks Eric
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