Any pain, discomfort or niggle can dramatically detract from your training intensity in the gym. It goes without saying this will make gaining muscle that much harder, impossible for some. There is a distinct difference between a minor twinge and an on-going problem which becomes the focal point of your workout. The shoulder joint is undeniably the most affected area within the body of those who lift weights; nearly everybody has at some point suffered with shoulder issue. Why is the question! Why does the shoulder tend to have that vulnerability other joints seem to avoid succumbing to and what the most common causes of shoulder pain? Let’s dig a little deeper.
The shoulder joint is used in almost every upper body exercise; even when stationary the muscle groups which support and surround the joint will help fixate other movements, including the bicep curl. This goes a long way to explaining why the shoulder joint is more vulnerable, but there are other common reasons as to why it can often pick up niggles.
Back in the day I thought that by having a well-developed back you won’t have to concern yourself about rounded shoulders, false! Even if your back is very well developed in certain areas and weak in others (think weak rhomboids, strong latts) then there is a strong possibility disproportionate levels of tension can occur within the shoulder joint. This can potentially cause discomfort if not an injury to the biomechanics within the joint. To recap, any imbalance in muscle development around your back, chest or shoulders can lead to issues within the shoulder joint.
Weak Rotator Cuffs
Last week we discussed how to increase the strength of your rotor cuffs. One of the most common reasons we suffer with shoulder pain is due to the fact we neglect the rotor cuffs. You might be sat there thinking by lifting heavy weight your rotor cuffs must be getting stronger, but it isn’t as simple as that. When the weight and tension is so great the surrounding muscles such as the deltoids and trapezius take over, leaving the rotor cuff in a non-stimulated state. There are four small muscles which combine to form the rotator cuffs; you need to build the strength in yours!
There are an awful lot of nerve endings within the shoulder joint, unsurprisingly some get trapped. This can be the source of a great deal of pain and discomfort and it can be very difficult to treat the issue. From experience the best way to turn this problem around is to do self-treatment with trigger point therapy ONCE you have learned how to do it from an expert. Very effective for nerve impingements!
If you suffer with sore shoulders the chances are it is one of these issues outlined which is causing you the problem!