One of the core beliefs at Chiro|Sport is the use of properly prescribed corrective exercises. When used correctly these can be game changers and can help our patients quickly recover from injuries AND prevent future injuries.
One of the most important body functions we have is breathing. Functional breathing is especially necessary for athletes. The diaphragm is necessary not only for respiration but for core stability as well. The diaphragm is a key trunk stabilizer during postural activity and must properly activate upon demand. Dysfunctional breathing patterns may perpetuate many common musculoskeletal problems involving the head, neck, shoulder, and lower back.
Think about how many breaths you take when running long distances, swimming, playing an entire basketball game, or even just working at your desk (the average person will take 17,000 to 30,000 breaths/day). If you spend several hours a day at a desk you're even more likely to breathe incorrectly. (Self test - take in 10 to 15 deep breaths in a perfect posture while sitting. Now slouch way down into your chair and try to take the same 10 to 15 deep breaths. Notice the difference?)
Core Strength & Function
If you were asked to imagine what a strong core would look like, many of you would instantly go to that familiar picture or what we would like our abs to look like. Well it's time to change that mental image. While the appearance of a 6 pack is aesthetically pleasing, it has little to do with actual core strength and stability.
While athletes severely need functional core strength, desk jockeys are just as likely to to suffer from a weak core. This is in part due to improper training (or ZERO training in many cases), sitting all day (yes, sitting is the anti-everything functional), improperly educated (good core strength includes the lats, obliques, rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, adductors, glutes, breathing muscles (mentioned above), and many other small muscles of the spine.
(Self test in link below).
Shoulder Mobility & Stability
A very common presentation in the clinic is issues with shoulder pain and range of motion. One of the more complex issues, the shoulder consists of 4 joints and 3 muscle groups (consisting of about 20 muscles). One of those muscle groups (the gleno-humeral joint stabilizers otherwise known as the SITS or Rotator Cuff) can generate a force in the shoulder joint up to approximately 70% of the body weight. Aside from the muscles that act directly on the shoulder is the need for local stability in the cervical and thoracic spine.
Fixes for the shoulder starts with a full evaluation and proper diagnosis. Without that, you may be spinning your wheels in the mud trying to fix it. The best approach to shoulder issues is to do everything you can to prevent them.