The Return: Shoulder - Horizontal Plane Pressing
This series kicks off with one of the most common ways to begin exposing the shoulder to some stress. Before you get nervous about the word “stress”, remember, it can be a good thing. In the case of building up strong resilient tissues, graded exposure to tissue is the name of the game. •—•—•
Many times, when dealing with shoulder pain, the overhead press is one of the biggest culprits for discomfort. Rather than avoiding all upper body work, how about we reduce that angle and work on some horizontal pressing!
As we begin the return to pain-free process, we want to be sure that we can handle loading the tissues of the arms and also work to increase strength of other tissues in the upper body including the triceps, deltoids and pecs. These are all synergistic muscles that work together to press the barbell/dumbbell/kettlebell overhead. If there is a way to train them, pain-free, we want to be sure to do it.
There are a variety of ways to work on this:
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget: we realize the overhead position can affect your vertical pulls too. If that’s the case for you, try implementing the same strategy to load the tissues that focus on your pulling movements, i.e. the biceps, lats, mid-back and forearms.
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