Lifted's Guide to Super Shoulder Rehab

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  1. Lifted's Guide to Super Shoulder Rehab


    So I have been posting lots of these tips to shoulder recovery/rehab in bits and pieces in other threads and I'm thinking since it's such a big problem for us lifters I might as well put all the info I have in one place.
    Most of it will be copy and paste but all opinions/additions are welcome. With that in mind, let's get those RCs healthy!
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  2. My first recommendation is always find a great chiropractor who can do ART (Active Response Technique). I've went to see physical therapists and sports medicine doctors and their answer was always either for me to do band pull aparts or jam big painful cortisone shots into my shoulder. These things did NOT help.
    I mentioned to my chiropractor the shoulder issue the one day doing a routine back adjustment (scoliosis issues) and to my surprise he said he could help me with my impingement.

    Now ART can be painful, very painful, there have been times my eyes have watered from it. The doctor or practitioner will dig into your connective tissue as they dynamically stretch out the joint. This releases adhesions, digs into scar tissue and overall increases blood flow and mobility to the joint. You can literally feel the blood flowing deep in the tissue after a session.

    Now if you can't find someone who can do this you can use a bit of trial and error to work out the RC in a similar way with a tennis ball, foam roller, even a barbell.

    I found this video online for tennis ball self massage and I managed to find a barbell one too, but they don't work their shoulder in exactly the same way I do so I think I will have to make a video guide of that one myself.

    http://www.laurensfitness.com/2014/0...-ball-massage/

    This is getting long so I'll end this part of the infomercial :P now and pick back up with a training related portion.
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  4. Welcome aboard Woody, my personal mission is to get you benching 2 plates!!!
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by lifted67 View Post
    Welcome aboard Woody, my personal mission is to get you benching 2 plates!!!
    PS: That PM I sent you was in regards to some SNS products.
    Ah **** you did say something about a pm. Sorry been slammed with work. Checking now.
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  7. OK Training Tips:

    Benching: This is where us meatheads get into trouble, we want to go wide as fawk and ego lift. First off, STOP THAT.

    Before even getting on that bench, stretch and/or foam roll. Do some shoulder dislocaters with a broom stick, grab a TRX cable and stretch the pecs. Shoulders rolls. Maybe even some rear delt and lat warm ups too for good measure, just go light!

    I probably can't give you any better of a warm up than Mr Bradley Martyn's in this video so I'll let him take it from here:

    https://youtu.be/o2V9-2FKXj4

    Now for the set up. I like to get pretty far back on the bench, start with planting heels into floor, then butt, then I squeeze my shoulders/lats down and back (like doing a pull up) and drive them down into the bench, I'll do work on perfecting this placement a few times and then I'll do a 3 count shoulders back and down as I *simultaneously* straighten out my arms to unrack the bar. This can take time to perfect as it's bit awkward to push and pull with the upper body at the same time.

    I try to keep my grip only wide enough to get good chest engagement. When working for reps I like to do monkey/suicide grip as this keeps the center of gravity a bit more balanced, on a 1RM or low rep set I'm using a normal grip.

    Grip with will vary from person to person, you'll want the elbows loosely tucked on the down portion and only a slight flare on the upward. If you feel pain, popping, clicking in the shoulder with this you will need to experiment further at the lowest weight comfortable (usually the bar or 135)

    I've uploaded my warm up video, my 305# press and my, incline press videos as a reference.

    https://youtu.be/lzpuinylMX4

    https://youtu.be/LhxUqi-DW-w

    https://youtu.be/iUleBU8QpbA
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  8. Quote Originally Posted by lifted67 View Post
    My first recommendation is always find a great chiropractor who can do ART (Active Response Technique). I've went to see physical therapists and sports medicine doctors and their answer was always either for me to do band pull aparts or jam big painful cortisone shots into my shoulder. These things did NOT help.
    I saw much more pronounced progress, ROM and overall "comfort" in my shoulder (following rotator cuff repair/shoulder rebuild) after going to a certified ART practitioner than I did going to traditional Physical Therapy (although I am NOT advocating skipping doctor ordered post-surgery PT).

    Quote Originally Posted by lifted67 View Post
    Now ART can be painful, very painful, there have been times my eyes have watered from it. The doctor or practitioner will dig into your connective tissue as they dynamically stretch out the joint. This releases adhesions, digs into scar tissue and overall increases blood flow and mobility to the joint. You can literally feel the blood flowing deep in the tissue after a session.
    This little female chiropractor could bring me to tears on a regular basis. But it was so worth it for the relief and improvement I would feel the next day, and going forward. I would both dread and look forward to the ART sessions. Wish I could find a good provider near me now (we moved ).

  9. Still in Florida?
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  10. Awesome stuff here! Looking for ART near me now...

  11. Quote Originally Posted by lifted67 View Post
    Still in Florida?
    Yes, moved from Charlotte, NC down to just south of Jacksonville, Fl.

  12. Is ART something you need to consistently do or can you go once or twice and be good for some time
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  13. Training Shoulders Tips:

    Pre and post warm ups are always a must, I cannot stress how important that is. A circulating RC is a happy RC lol so massage it before and massage it often to keep blood flow and healing up/recovery times low.

    I usually start with a pressing movement. Now sometimes your shoulders aren't healthy enough to go over head, in those situations I recommend using a variation of lateral raises. Here is Jeremy Buendia to demonstrate

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BGmPaLWx8v7/

    I love these so much I throw em in on back day because it just seems to hit everything up top so well.

    Now if you can do over head presses, I start here: https://youtu.be/8ccg_xapihI

    I like to combine front and behind the head presses into one movement. Now it's taken time to get the mobility and strength for these built up and if I feel any pain or popping I stop immediately but I find using both variations in one set really primes all the delt heads for the rest of the workout.

    Moving on, I try to do all isolation work after the initial press and then finish out the workout on a shoulder press based machine to try to make the final pushes really count while reducing risk of injury. So in between that first press movement and final press movement I sandwich in rear delt flies on incline bench and/or reverse pec dec flies, lateral raises, reverse cable cross overs, those cable pull aparts the PT always have you do (if you don't know what this is ask and I'll elaborate further), shrug movements, and bent over rear delt raises. I also do a chest support rear delt raise move. I'm sure I didn't invent it but I love it's effectiveness. So here's a video of that: https://youtu.be/SdpKHl3awGo and also a shrugs variation for really engaging the trap top to bottom: https://youtu.be/Q80JW1aQaCA

    I also love this vintage Arnold move: https://youtu.be/7usMrRfEiYw

    So that's about all I have to offer you until I make that self barbel massage video later tonight, until then, thanks for stopping by!
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  14. Quote Originally Posted by Sparkss View Post
    Yes, moved from Charlotte, NC down to just south of Jacksonville, Fl.
    Maybe this could be a start? http://jacksonvillencchiro.com/about...j.-taylor.html
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  15. Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    Is ART something you need to consistently do or can you go once or twice and be good for some time
    At first maybe once or twice a week for like a month then maybe every other month or so just as needed for maintenance.
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  16. Probably should cover internal:external rotators, posture, and why the lats determine your should health as well.
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  17. I figured if you're in this thread you probably have a general idea on those things, however, when I make the barbell massage video you'll see the internal/external rotations being brought into play.

    also, feel free to add your own thoughts on keeping the shoulder healthy in your next post(s). All input is welcome!
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  18. Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    Is ART something you need to consistently do or can you go once or twice and be good for some time
    Quote Originally Posted by lifted67 View Post
    At first maybe once or twice a week for like a month then maybe every other month or so just as needed for maintenance.
    I would also think it could be driven by why you needed ART in the first place. What I mean is if you are rehabbing from an injury, then there is a chance you may only need to go until you are "recovered". Other reasons, such as more permanent injuries or impingements could benefit from longer term treatment.

    Like mine, for example. I have 0 cartilage in my right shoulder. when they opened me up the surgeon noted int eh surgery logs that I had advanced, stage 4 arthritis (I think was the term they used), which I later learned basically meant bone on bone. The belief was that the accident/injury that caused the ligament and muscle damage also sheared the cartilage off of my bones/socket. So I will likely need some sort of mobility treatment for the rest of my life, at least if I want to stay active.

    The treatments weren't that pricey when I went. Even outside of insurance it was only around $50 per session. I could also use my HSA. It costs me more, on insurance, to see my doctor, surgeon or PT therapist than it did the ART provider.

  19. Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Probably should cover internal:external rotators, posture, and why the lats determine your should health as well.
    That is what has my current ortho-surgeon baffled. I have great, (better than average for a healthy person), internal rotation. But only about 30% external rotation (Which is why over head/military presses are more or less impossible for me to do properly, but I have my own "version" that I still do).

  20. Quote Originally Posted by lifted67 View Post
    I found this video online for tennis ball self massage and I managed to find a barbell one too, but they don't work their shoulder in exactly the same way I do so I think I will have to make a video guide of that one myself.
    http://www.laurensfitness.com/2014/0...-ball-massage/
    I have been recovering from a nagging shoulder injury myself. One of the best points in the link is finding the most painful spot, and sitting there. That is the key, I often see people use rollers/balls, and just run up and down. They don't realize you literally need to make the muscles "go to sleep" by sitting on it until the muscle fibers loosen.

    Only recommendation I would add is changing from a tennis ball to a lacrosse ball. A lacrosse ball is stiff enough to penetrate the tightest muscle.

  21. Yeah lacrosse balls would go under 'advanced'
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by Sparkss View Post
    That is what has my current ortho-surgeon baffled. I have great, (better than average for a healthy person), internal rotation. But only about 30% external rotation (Which is why over head/military presses are more or less impossible for me to do properly, but I have my own "version" that I still do).
    The IG video I linked should also really help you hit the delts similar to a OHP without the risk of injury.
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  23. I need to find an ART provider in Houston
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  24. Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    I need to find an ART provider in Houston
    http://chirodynamics.net/about-us/se...echniques.html
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  25. Thanks. It's $45 for initial consultation and $70 for consultation + ART. Is that reasonable?
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