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Hey everyone! I was hoping that I could be pointed in the right direction with regards to an ongoing shoulder problem I’ve been having. In my left shoulder, anytime I attempt to do any form of pressing with a pronated grip, I experience a sharp pinching sensation deep within the shoulder. The pain occurs 3/4 of the way to the top of the movement. The pain can be alleviated by performing alternative movements with a neutral grip. Although the sharp pain in particular, can be alleviated with a neutral grip, after about 8 reps I get a “going cold” sensation in the same shoulder with the neutral grip as well. Throughout my lifting career, this shoulder has always been an issue for me as long as I can recall. Though it’s at its worst now. I started lifting at 18, I’m 26 now.
Have you had anyone look at your pressing technique?
Do you understand the ideal start and finish position for the strict press?
Is your shoulder rom limited?
Do you have a stable shoulder position with armpit forward?
When you press is your back flat with ribcage down and neutral pelvis?
I would recommend not icing the shoulder.
Icing isn’t helping the issue either.
A resource on this is Gary Reinl’s book Iced
Hey, Kaitlin. Thank you for your response! LIke I’d mentioned I haven’t done much pronated grip pressing in a while in hopes that whatever is sketchy in there heals up. I did go retest the other day using just the bar while paying particular attention to form in the strict press. I paid close attention to everything you’d mentioned. Using just the bar, I’m relatively pain free, not great, but ok. Add 20lbs on there and the pain is present. Again, this is solely in a pronated position. Is there something internally within the shoulder that could be shifted out of the way when using a neutral grip, say with DB’s?
What is your scapula position when pressing?
The 500th Video; Great Sub-Scap Shoulder Smash Drill
Bubo Barbell Pec/Psoas Smash Quicky or What to Do With Those Bent Barbells
The Beauty Queen, First Rib Overhead Mob of Death
Clear the T-Spine, Now We Can Start Talking Shoulders
Better Benching and Pressing
Episode 294: Shoulder-What to Fix First, and Wii Mob
Episode 209: Free Your Ribs, Your Mind Will Follow
Episode 103: Shoulder Relationships 3–Arm to Scap
Episode 101: Shoulder Relationships–Soft Tissue
I think everything Kaitlin is saying is dead on and needs to addressed to help that shoulder. I would maybe throw in looking smaller as well. Going off of your question about things moving around in your shoulder with different grips,you are right.
When you are using a neutral grip the head of your humerus and the muscles of your rotator cuff are in one of the strongest positions, if you are able to set the shoulder correctly. That being said when you go to any press overhead you are opening that shoulder capsule and putting it in a higher risk position. So, off that you can think if there is any nasty stuff going on in that rotator cuff or even the muscles holding the humerus in the capsule you are going to get some tweeky stuff going on. I know that there alot of videos here but if you can find the one with Kelley and Super D about setting the shoulder take a look. Being able to set that shoulder properly will help as well.
Hope that helped
Lots of great advice here, thank you! Yesterday afternoon I worked on internal rotation with a barbell anchoring my shoulder down. Then worked my pecs with the lacrosse ball and reset my shoulders to the back of their capsule. The combination of those 3 things seemed to help when I retested doing some very light BB OH pressing. First rib mobilization sounds very intriguing as well. I’m going to make a habit of doing these things and see how I progress from here on out. Thanks for your guidance!