So shoulder pain could be caused by many different muscle tissues and many different malfunctions throughout the whole body. Shoulder pain does not necessarily have to come from the actual shoulder. It can actually be coming from lack of movement on the opposite side, lack of movement from the hip right underneath it – so it's trying to compensate. There's so many different ways to go about it. What I want to do is take apart your Third Level Foundation.
We already know the three foundations are your feet, hips, and shoulder girdle glide. We have to get that to start moving. So what I want you guys to understand and start learning how to do is start to get that top foundation and start moving slightly better by understanding the whole system of the whole thing.
Our society is a front-driven society, a front-driven society meaning that we do everything in front of us. Everything that we do is in front of us, as well as your body is hardwired to protect itself. So if we're in a stressful environment, if we're doing everything in front of us – that means your body is utilizing all the muscle tissue in front of it first, all the time. And if that's working all the time, that means it's getting stronger without you doing anything other than living life. You do not have to be in the gym, you do not have to be doing much to strengthen these areas.
We have to understand: focus on the bigger picture. If we're in front of us all the time naturally, we have a stressful life, naturally your body is hardwired to protect itself; then it's going to naturally want to protect the internal organs. So before we even get into what you're doing, muscular-wise and your exercise regime, we're talking about what's happening naturally.
Okay. It's very important to understand that because a lot of people think, 'Oh if I work on here, if I do this there, I'll get stronger.' It's not about strength. It's over-stressing the whole body, and we're not talking about mental stress now. We're talking about physical, mental, and emotional. The more you recognize how often your body wants to do a number like this because it wants to protect itself, the more you'll start to move along through your shoulder pain, rehab and restoration ten times faster. Yes there's exceptions to everything. But pretty much all the time what I've noticed is, your pec, pectoralis major, all the way through here is actually one of the bigger culprits because it's going to protect you all the time. It's always going to be working because we're always in front of us and it's one of the main things that get triggered when fight or flight kicks in. Now, a lot of people do not recognize, but it also will play a role in getting your rib cage to open up. Your pec minor that opens up your rib cage so you can take a bigger breath. The reason why that happens is the reason why it's in everything. It is because we are in fight or flight most of our lives, you have to run, you have to fight, what I am referring to a stressful state. So this muscle now picks up its pace. Now when that picks up its pace, it naturally wants to roll you forward. Now, if you do not take care of that fight or flight mechanism, you're never going to get your shoulder pain to roll forward because it's never going to ratchet itself properly within the whole joint capsule. It's always going to be slightly rolled in. The easiest way to notice that is notice the way that you walk. Anatomical position is when you put your arms down, your hands are supposed to be open, slightly open. But if you're seeing the back part of your hands, you're watching your body roll in. We have to get that to learn how to roll out. So once you roll it out, you'll notice your chest open naturally. And then you can take more air in; with more air, it becomes more oxygen rich blood – healing is just natural at that point. So we have to get you to start watching that.
The way that I want you to do that is start foam rolling your pec, start doing trigger point work for your pec as well as start doing pec stretches – proper pec stretches. You want to always think about getting the chest open for your pec stretch, not just a portion by the shoulder to move. So the concept that I want you guys to really focus on is: what other areas am I getting my pecs to work harder? What emotionally is happening in my life? How much am I doing things in here? Are you a computer worker? Bang, bang, bang. Are you banging away here, are you a person that picks up kids for a living? You have to hold things. If you're holding groceries or you're holding groceries with your arms tucked in. And then on top of that, how often are you holding groceries, your briefcase?
All these different things that you do on a daily basis, that's what I want you to start checking into. It's not always the workout that's the problem. It's the workout plus what you're doing in your life. See that you're doing so much more than just the one thing that breaks that straw that breaks the camel's back. That's what I want to say.
So find out what everything else is adding up to and there goes your culprit, not just the one thing that you did. And there goes your shoulder pain. You'll start clearing this up because this will start moving on. If you'll start to walk right and you'll start noticing everything starting to move cleaner. Your body will naturally want to clean that shoulder up. Your bicep tendon will start to lengthen all on its own. Now triceps will start bouncing up with the bicep. Deltoid will not have to work as hard because it's not being stuck in here so much.
So everything in the back has to try to learn how to pull it back. That's, that's the key, getting everything to balance out. And the way that we're going to do it, foam rolling, stretching, trigger point – got to clear it up, all within the pec.