This week we're starting our 'Shoulder Series', we'll cover shoulder mobility, flexibily, and strength work that will help build strong resiliant shoulders. This series will focus on actionable steps you can take to keep your shoulders healthy, if you're currently dealing with shoulder pain please make sure to consult with your doctor before implementing any of the tips we'll be covering over the next few weeks.
Chances are that if you've ever lifted a barbell you've felt shoulder pain or discomfort while doing so. I don't want to call this "normal" but it can be common. Our life is full of activities that contribute to this issue but ultimately it almost always shows it's ugly face in the gym. Especially when you're trying to crush a grueling workout. Ignoring this issue won't make it go away, your shoulders are used for almost everything you do. For those of you currently dealing with shoulder pain, here is a quick drill you can do to improve your shoulder mobility which over time can reduce your pain.
According to board certified orthopedic surgeon John M. Kirsch, M.D., hanging from a bar for up to 30 seconds, 3 times per day, can fix up to 99% of shoulder pain. He outlines his protocol in the 4th edition of his book: “Shoulder Pain? The Solution and Prevention”. Dr. Kirsch discovered this technique in the 1980’s when he himself had bilateral shoulder pain and was recommended for surgery. He claims his “intuition” led him to the self discovery of hanging from a pull up bar to increase normal joint space, increase mobility and provide strength to the shoulder.
Give this a try and come back next week for the next installment in our shoulder series.
Dr. Kirsch: https://www.kirschshoulder.com/