Shoulder blades “down and back”?!

“Shoulders down and back”

This cueing needs to STOP when we are talking about loaded overhead movements. 

Yes you need to engage in all your overhead movements ✔️ . 

Yes you should NOT just hang there ✔️ . 

But do you need to pull your shoulder blades down and back and together when your arms are elevated all the way overhead? 

ABSOLUTELY NOT ❌! 

“Stability” of the shoulder in these movements is complex however, you could be doing more harm than good by pulling your shoulder blades together when your arm is loaded overhead. 

When you elevate your arms overhead, your arms move through approx 180 degrees.  Not all of this should come from your glenohumeral joint (your “shoulder”). But rather in an approximate 1:2 ratio with your scapulothoracic joint (shoulder blade on your back) and your glenohumeral joint. I.e. when you lift your arm up, your shoulder blade should move (upwards rotation) approximately 60 degrees and your glenohumeral joint should move approximately 120 degrees (swipe for a visual thanks to Carvalho et. al). 

When you do not allow this upwards rotation, i.e when you bring your shoulder blades down and back together, you are forcing the movement predominantly into your glenohumeral joint. This can lead to shoulder pain and issues, commonly shoulder impingement, which I see a lot in pole dancers 🤸🏼‍♂️

This is general advice. If you have pain or shoulder issues, particularly during pole, please see a health professional > 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

#scapularrhythm #health #prehab #injuryprevention #chiro #chiropractor #burwood

Active and passive flexibility

Being flexible is good. Having active flexibility is practical - The Chiro Co Burwood Logo

There are quite a few safety concerns in regards to having and stretching purely your 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 and I will go through them in upcoming posts. ⁣

Aside from those, having 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 🤸🏼‍♂️ (the ability to use one muscle group to stretch, or achieve a desired position of another muscle group/joint) is very practical in pole, aerials, gymnastics and a lot of other gym and training disciplines  ✨⁣⁣

There are so many flexibility moves in pole dancing and other sports/disciplines that you require active flexibility for, rather than just passive flexibility 💪🏼 ⁣

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#activevspassive #activeflex#prehab #chiro #burwood #chiropractor #injuryprevention #goodlines #pole  #poledance #polefitness  #chiropractic #wellness #health

You’re not “too busy”

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#priorities 👏 

If you don’t make time for your body now, you may just find yourself making time for your injuries in the future ⏳ prehab, rehab, active care, regular chiropractic checks.

It is all so important, particularly in pole where we are doing crazy things with our body 🤸‍♀️

So are you ignoring a niggling injury? Not doing your rehab or proper exercises to prevent injury?! ❌ 

Is this you? If so, now is the time ⏰ . 

Email or call me if you need something checked, or have a niggling injury that just isn’t going away. We are located in Burwood (right near the train station) so there is practically no excuse!

#burwoodchiro #chiropractor #chiropractic #prehab #rehab