Adrian Gomez on Shoulder Impingement
When I was lifting weights consistently in high school and college, I had a reoccurring issue with a specific symptom: My left thumb would go numb.
Not just a little tingly or little numb, I would have a completely numb, dead, senseless – thumb.
I could bite my thumb and literally feel nothing.
I could grip and squeeze and use my thumb, but it was uncomfortably numb, and I didn’t enjoy that symptom.
With little knowledge of why or what was going on I would try to understand why this was happening and what I could do to make it better.
I narrowed it down to an overhead press that I really enjoyed doing because I thought it was making me stronger and was hoping it was helping my physique in a way that my girlish shoulders were more masculine when I consistently did that exercise.
But was it worth the numb thumb? NO WAY
After noticing that the numb thumb stayed away if I didn’t do the overhead press, I discontinued the movement.
Fast forward through college, Internship, and employment in a PT clinic.
What I found out later was that I could in fact do overhead press, just not at that time.
I had an impingement in my shoulder that was the result of an imbalance in my posture and strengths/weaknesses in my shoulder and back.
I worked on normalizing my imbalance and guess what……. I can perform overhead presses now.
No Numb Thumb!
Moral of the story?
You don’t have to stop doing something altogether, you can get your shoulder checked out and find out why you are experiencing difficulty and see if there is a way to correct a probable imbalance and get back to what you love and probably need.
Shoulder impingement is not common sense, you need a professional to check you out and see what is going on.
Michael Flores is going to be presenting on how you can prevent an impingement in the shoulder and how to do exercises at work and home. If you are a tactical athlete and need to perform exercises to prepare you for duty, or if you have girly shoulders and need to get that right then you should be coming to this workshop to learn what you need to do.
Michael has a doctorate degree in physical therapy and has a passion for keeping working aged folks from developing nagging shoulder injuries. He truly is one of the best clinicians I know personally, and I would trust/send my grandmother to him. You don’t want to miss the information that he is going to give at this workshop.