Got shoulder pain?
If so, you’re a member of a rather large group of people. In the past, I’ve written about shoulder injuries I incurred many years ago that came back to haunt me twenty years later.
Waking up in the morning with pain in one shoulder, supposedly from sleeping on it wrong, sounds plausible, but it’s far from being the whole story. There are other factors.
One of the biggest reasons someone gets shoulder pain may be as simple as not training in a multitude of directions. Your shoulders can be strong pushing something away from your body or out to each side, but how strong and flexible are you if, for example, I put your arm behind your back and begin cranking it toward your head?
Well then, let’s move on to another angle and direction to see what we uncover. Chances are you have pain and weakness in more than one direction.
A bench press means nothing when you can’t throw a football or baseball. Same goes for arm curls.
Beach muscles be damned – it’s functional strength and mobility you’re after. That’s what your body wants. It’s what your body needs.
And let me tell you, the first lesson alone in the Farmer Burns’ 1914 by-mail course, Lessons in Wrestling and Physical Culture, strengthened and stretched the weak links in my shoulder, eliminating the pain I felt within days.
When I combined the simple movements in this course along with the deep breathing exercises being taught, it made me wonder how this information ever became “lost.” Could it be that there wasn’t a gadget to ride along with the exercises? Hmm. Me thinks so.
Doesn’t mean all gadgets are bad, but the bigger they are the worse they they tend to be.
The good news: I don’t have any shoulder pain today, and I continue to do the Farmer Burns exercises religiously.
Why? Because once you’re out of pain, you’ll want to continue to increase your strength and endurance with these exercises. Oh, and lest I forget, you will also increase your flexibility. This means you’ll be able to do more and experience MORE LIFE.
Nothing worse than sitting on the sidelines unable to interact due to pain.
Shoulder pain, be gone.
It’s time to kick ass again.