When I sat down to write this, my first thought for an introduction was to say, “Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a rotator cuff problem.”
That’s bad. Really bad. You should be so glad I (kind of) rethought that intro.
There’s no raising your hand if your rotator cuff is not working properly. The rotator cuff is not one unit but, rather, a collection of four muscles that envelops your scapula and creates the motions that help you roll your shoulder forward and out. You hear of baseball pitchers “blowing out their rotator cuff,” right? Think of the motion they do, and the amount of repetition those muscles create. That rotation at the glenohumeral joint (the anatomical name for the shoulder joint) is what gives the rotator cuff its name.
The four muscles are:
Supraspinatus, which lies on top of your shoulder just deep to the upper trapezius;
Infraspinatus, which lies on top of your scapula, fanning out across it and inserting on the back of your arm;
Teres minor, which is just posterior to infraspinatus and covers the bottom of your scapula;
And subscapularis, which lies behind your scapula and can only really be accessed through your armpit.
You don’t have to be a baseball pitcher to have problems with these muscles. All of us do repeated actions with our shoulders that lead to wear and strain here. Supraspinatus is the spot in your body that’s most likely to develop tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon). If you fall and break your fall with your hands, chances are you will suffer strain or injury to subscapularis.
If you’ve experienced shoulder strain, consider massage to relieve the pain that comes with it. You can set up a free 30-minute consultation to figure out whether you and massage would be a good fit. Just call or text me at 720-432-8664 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or book online at flowholisticwellness.com to set up your consultation or reserve your session.
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