What is Shoulder Stability?

Shoulder Stability


why the shoulder blades are crucial for stability in our shoulder and how the rotator cuff helps.

Why is Shoulder Stability Important?

Often when talking about stability in your shoulder one may mention an obvious one known as the four common shoulder muscles, the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff does play a big part when it comes to stability. However, if you have issues with the position of your shoulder blades that opens up that increases the chances of getting a tear.

It also can lead to your shoulder being less powerful and your performance may decrease, especially if you’re an athlete. It can also impact your daily life when you are trying to reach over your head or pushing in a chair. If the shoulder blade isn’t in the right position, it decreases the amount of force and movement you are supposed to have.

Why is My Shoulder Stability Weak?

The shoulder is designed to be mobile and has a lot of movement. If you are used to experiencing shoulder pain or shoulder blade issues, they have a lot of tightness in the chest and on their neck. This is due to the fact that a lot of us spend a lot of time on our phones or working at the computer. You want to make sure you are not only strengthening your rotator cuff but also your trapeze.

Having to balance strengthening your rotator cuff and shoulder blades to gain that stability. This can help to improve your shoulders and posture. When having stronger shoulder blades you are able to use your hands properly.

Watch this video to learn a couple of exercises to help with your shoulder mobility. Click Here.

Shoulder Diagram

What Is The Rotator Cuff?

The rotator cuff is a set of four muscles that originate behind the shoulder and wrap around the head of the arm bone. Hence the name rotator cuff because of the way it wraps around. When it’s contracted it rotates the arm backward. These muscles are very important in shoulder health because it improves shoulder stability. It does this to keep everything in place, holding the head of the bone into the shoulder socket. It keeps everything stable as you move, so anything you do ahead of or reach behind you. Such as reaching overhead for plates or a water cup. when your arm is moving your rotator cuff should be involved to help keep things stable.

Do I Need Surgery When I Get a Tear in My Rotator Cuff?

Sometimes rotator tears can sound worse than they are. In reality, they can actually be very small and heal on their own with proper care from our physical therapy clinic in Arizona and education. If it is a small tear you can strengthen it to minimize the effects on your shoulder. You may not need surgery and getting surgery can also cause more damage.

Click here to read another post about shoulder exercises.

How do I Avoid Putting Unnecessary Strain on My Shoulder?

Much strain comes from reaching overhead and overhead movements. You may do this when using weights or just reaching back. This movement puts a lot of strain and compression on the shoulder, as it is not mainly made for that type of movement. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint so you can move all about.

There are better ways to do this type of overhead movement without putting so much strain on the shoulder. You can make sure your shoulders are pushed back and you are engaging your core when doing things overhead. If your shoulders are pushed more forward then your shoulders have to do more of the work than depending on your whole body to take some of the pressure.

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Nick Hunter, PT, DPT
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