Training Active Aging Shoulders
Nearly 50% of chronic shoulder pain and surgeries could be eliminated by incorporating a simple band distraction routine on a regular weekly basis.
Eliminating painful shoulders can be accomplished using band distraction stretching. This places the shoulder in a more favorable environment that is conducive to decreasing shoulder pain and lengthening out tight soft tissues that are causing the pain.
Here are 3 reasons why continuously looped band distraction may be exactly what your aging shoulders need.
Band Distraction is the Secret to Eliminating Shoulder Pain
Due to the anatomical nature of the shoulder joint and role of the rotator cuff—which is the #1 structure injured in the shoulder—distraction is a great way to incorporate an effective stretching and mobilization program for a shoulder, especially when it is experiencing pain.
Moving Body on the Arm
Most people try to stretch the shoulder doing exercises that move the arm on the body. This causes the rotator cuff and surrounding muscles to contract. It becomes very difficult to effectively stretch muscles if they are being forced to contract at the same time.
Using band distraction and moving the body on the arm allows the rotator cuff and surrounding muscles to relax and easily stretch. It also allows the shoulder joint to be opened up which instantly decreases compressive pain at the shoulder.
Getting the Rotator Cuff to Relax
Distraction also relaxes the rotator cuff by lengthening it out and removing compressive forces. Knowing the role of the rotator cuff is to create joint compression, by distracting the shoulder it forces the joint to decompress and open up.
This opening up of the shoulder joint relaxes the rotator cuff, allowing pain that is caused by joint compression to be eliminated. With the rotator cuff relaxed using distraction, it now allows the surrounding muscles to easily relax and lengthen out.
Stretching in Horizontal Plane Without Gravity
The best planes of movement to stretch the shoulder are the horizontal and rotational planes. However, unless gravity is eliminated, this is not possible.
Using the band distraction technique which applies a horizontal vector, it allows the arm to be unloaded and the effects of gravity to be removed. Once gravity is no longer an issue, it becomes very easy to effectively stretch and release pressure on structures that are typically causing the shoulder to hurt.
Why Tubes Will Not Work
Obviously elastic resistance is needed to create an effective band distraction technique. However, tubular bands will not provide the ability to effectively attach onto the arm to create effective distraction of the shoulder.
The flat nature of the band allows the forces of the stretch to be placed onto the wrist, allowing the hand to not have to grasp. By not having to grasp, it allows the shoulder joint muscles to relax and stretch more effectively.
How to Implement Shoulder Distraction