Archives for Shoulders

Deadlift: Proper Form – Shoulder Packing

Welcome to the “Deadlift: Proper Form” series! Maybe you’ve just started lifting weights. Maybe you’re a trainer who wants to learn the nitty gritty about the deadlift. Whatever the case, welcome! In this article, I’m going to focus on “shoulder packing” and its importance in proper deadlift form. I’m going to explain:What shoulder packing isHow I break […]

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What are the best tests for shoulder impingement?

If you’re suffering with shoulder pain or you’re somebody who helps others with shoulder pain, you may have encountered a battery of tests to help you figure out what’s causing the shoulder pain. In the medical world, there’s a diagnosis called “shoulder impingement” or subacromial impingement that you can test for. There are at least […]

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Are wide pushups bad for you?

If you’ve ever gotten bored of doing regular pushups, you may have started thinking about doing wide pushups (AKA wide grip pushups) to hit more of your chest muscles. Whenever someone starts experimenting with wide pushups, there’s a high risk of two things:  you feel shoulder pain you don’t feel shoulder pain but someone tells […]

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Do shoulder impingement physical tests work?

Why think about special tests for the shoulder?When people are told they have shoulder impingement, there are a number of physical maneuvers or “special tests” that doctors will use to investigate their problem. These special tests are supposed to provide useful information that tells you whether you have true “impingement.” These special tests, however, are extremely […]

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How to improve scapular retraction

Whenever we work with clients who have problems with their shoulders, there’s one motion that we ALWAYS try to improve right away. That movement is scapular retraction.What is scapular retraction?It’s pulling your shoulder blades (the scapulae) in towards each other/towards the spine – WITHOUT shrugging up toward your ears. The opposite of scapular retraction is scapular […]

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One technique to heal stubborn shoulder pain

Imagine this. You’ve had shoulder pain for years. Not just 1 month. Not just 1 year. You’ve had it for 15 years. Your doctor says it’s probably from some kind of nerve damage or your bones are growing improperly. You’ll need some kind of surgery or you’ll just have to learn to “live with it.” Pretty big […]

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