by Mike Westerdal, CPT
A couple years ago I was setting personal records in the bench press while competing in powerlifting but a nagging shoulder injury put my progress to a halt.
In my case I felt that I could still workout, however I was very limited in what kind of workouts I could do pain free.
That’s when I found myself caught in a vicious cycle that Rick Kaselj, MS calls, “The Traditional Shoulder Pain Model“.
Eventually I was told, “If it hurts, don’t do it.” That’s when I knew I was barking up the wrong tree and had to look elsewhere for relief.
Working in the fitness industry myself I knew I had to go to the source of the knowledge and cut out the middle man which lead me to Injury Specialist and Exercise Physiologist Rick Kaselj, MS.
You see Rick is more than just a specialist. He’s the guy who teaches the other fitness professionals the newest techniques to help their own clients. He has given over 315 live presentations to over 6065 health and fitness professionals across Canada and the USA.
Sure his credentials, degrees and real-world experiences are fine and dandy, but what ultimately sold me on him is the fact that he works with athletes and people that are serious about getting back to their workouts, not avoiding them.
As Rick explained to me this Traditional Shoulder Pain Cycle is very common and has happened to most of his clients in the past. It goes a little something like this…
Hopefully you’re asking yourself…Mike, how do I make sure I don’t get caught in this crooked traditional shoulder pain model? I’m glad you asked…..
Before initially going to the doctor I researched a lot of alternative shoulder rehab solutions.
With these traditional shoulder pain programs, they focus on stretching and strengthening. This does not work or at best provides temporary shoulder pain relief. The reality is that stretching focuses on symptoms, not necessarily the problem.
While strengthening is important, it needs to be done when the shoulder joint has been reshaped into a pain-free shoulder joint. If you have not reshaped the shoulder joint into a pain-free joint, you are just adding more strength to a painful joint and making the problem worse. In time this stress leads to repetitive shoulder injuries, increased shoulder joint damage and shoulder pain.
In tomorrow’s update I’ll share with you some tips on how to re-shape your shoulders so that when you strengthen them you will NOT be causing more damage.
One more thing, if you haven’t watched the 5 Worst Exercises For Your Shoulders & How To Fix Them you can access them here.