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Has anyone had a problem with not being able to gain strength in one arm? I’ve been working with a great strength and conditioning coach for a year now, and a personal trainer before him. Been the PT route. Twice. There is no pain in that shoulder (just tension on the bottom of my scap close to the bottom of my t-spine). I’ve been doing mobility work for almost a year now, both from MWOD and my coach. There is some decreased range of motion, but it isn’t THAT bad. Elbow flexion isn’t good in that arm, and sometimes my scapula/lat mobility prevents me from organizing myself for proper overhead form. I keep working on t-spine/lat mobility and it IS better than it was.
Are you addressing the lack of elbow flexion in that arm?
Have you addressed areas up stream and down stream of where you are seeing the issue?
Yes, working with your neck can free up things in your shoulder. Keep working with this.
If you aren’t seeing improvements with what you are addressing your are not hitting the cause of the issue yet. If your first rib is out that can cause other things not to have proper positioning which are contributing factors to what you are experiencing.
hmmm, good point about the elbow flexion, I’ve been focusing more on things upstream. I had a bad whiplash injury a while back that took me off the mountain bike permanently (because of the consequences of a repeat), so there is certainly some cervical spine involvement. My physio said the entire shoulder complex has a role to play but I’ve not thought about the elbow (which has been broken) or the first rib. I will keep working on this. Thank you! I didn’t think the first rib could have such an impact…but everything IS connected!