How to assess your shoulders and any imbalances

By Pola Solsona, Personal Trainer at Golden Mile Dubai

The aim of this article is to help you to recognise some of the main problems that we find in the shoulder joint. They don’t need to be injuries themselves, but are often imbalances that can be solved.

As discussed by Gareth, your shoulders should be the joint with the most mobility. They are actually built by four different smaller joints and each have ligaments and muscles. Believe it or not, we have over 16 muscles around the shoulder so we don’t need to be experts to see that a lot of structures can be easily damaged.

Shoulder pain

Sometimes we start to feel that “something” is bothering inside our shoulder. We can’t raise our arm like before, or put our jacket on, and you get constant flinches of pain. Our shoulder is telling us that something is not working properly. It’s crucial that you don’t just ignore these feelings.

First thing you can check: Rotator Cuff Mobility

This is how you check:

This is what we usually find:

Another thing that we can do are a couple of tests that will allow the trainer to find out which structures are damaged and the reason why you can’t raise your arm properly:

Do you feel pain in any of these tests? Take care, and start preventing before healing. Stretching and shoulder exercises (after warming up) are a great way of avoiding further pain and injury.