So many of us suffer with shoulder issues. As you can see from the picture above, the shoulder is a complex joint. It’s a type of ball and socket joint. However, it’s unlike the hip where the ball of the femur bone fits into the socket on the pelvis. The ball of the humerus bone (upper arm) doesn’t have a actual socket to fit into. The end of the collarbone and the shoulder blade come together to form a shelf, called the acromion process. The head of the arm bone glides against an indentation in this shelf and the contraction of the rotator cuff muscles holds it there. This gives the joint lots of movement, but also causes it to be relatively unstable. Meaning it’s easy to injure.
Finding Solutions for my Shoulder Issues
I’ve been wrestling with irritation in my right shoulder for a couple of months. I’ve modified my yoga practice, cutting back on poses that require my shoulders to bear weight, like downward dog, plank, and handstand. Most of these poses can be done from the forearms with elbows bent with similar benefits to the body.
I’ve done my rotator cuff exercises with a Theraband from the physical therapist. And another exercise with another band from the chiropractor. Over the holidays, I took some time to scan through the Internet for yoga articles on strengthening the shoulders and came up with a few that I can recommend.
This one by Doug Keller is an excellent source of information for recovery, but also prevention. I’ve been working on headstand set up at the wall and looking forward to moving to the floor as I feel strength returning.