This month we bring attention to either the most loved or most dreaded body part: the shoulders. The shoulders are considered the “shoulder complex” for a reason. They are quite complex! Technically there are four, yes four, joints that comprise the shoulder complex. While you don’t need to know all of them to take a class this month at SolPop, it is helpful to understand that this commonly referred to area of the body known as the “shoulder” is actually a complicated and coordinated effort between various joints.
The bones involved include: the humerus (your arm), the scapula (or shoulder blade), the clavicle (collarbone) and the sternum (breast bone). Your actual shoulder joint has a lot of movement, which is great because it allows you to do all the things you need to do; reach for something up high in a cupboard, hand your kid a snack all the way in the backseat, perform the “raise the roof” action while dancing at a wedding. Because of that, however, the joint naturally lacks stability within its bony constructs. Building strength around the shoulder can be an important component to keep this joint from getting injured. The other really exciting part of the shoulder is what is called: scapulo-humeral rhythm. It might be my favorite word combo. Scapulo-humeral rhythm refers to the coordinated movement patterns that the humerus (arm bone) and scapula (shoulder blade) perform to allow your arm to move in those various ways. It’s a gorgeously choreographed dance that, unfortunately for most of us, still needs some rehearsing. When this rhythm is off, we can experience pain and dysfunction through our shoulder and even neck area.
This month at SolPop we will bring attention to the stability, strength and normal patterning of your shoulder complex, you might just be able to raise our actual roof!
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