Do you suffer from shoulder pain?
Shoulder injuries can happen due to a variety of reasons, including:
- Overuse or repetitive motions of the shoulder joint
- A sudden impact, such as a fall which might cause dislocation or fracture of the bones in the shoulder joint
- As people age, the cartilage in the shoulder joint can break down, causing arthritis.
- Poor posture, such as slouching or hunching can cause the muscles and tendons in the shoulder to become strained, leading to injury.
One of the other possible causes of shoulder pain is tight pectoralis muscles (Pecs). Pectoralis is a large muscle that originates from the sternum and clavicle and inserts onto the humerus bone of the upper arm.
If the pectoralis muscles are tight, they can cause a rounding of the shoulders and contribute to poor posture, which can increase the risk of shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff strains. In addition, overworked pectoralis muscles may not be able to provide adequate support to the shoulder joint.
It’s important to maintain a balance of strength and flexibility in all of the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint to reduce the risk of injury and ensure proper function. One of the suggestions we have for our patients is to use a trigger point ball or a tennis ball to roll out their pectoralis muscles on the wall before and after exercising to increase the range of motion and decrease tightness.
By: Fargol Sattarian,
Personal Trainer & Kinesiologist