1) knowledge of the desired movement (compliant agonists and antagonists, “movers”)
2) solid global stabilizers (spine, scapula, and pelvis)
3) healthy local stabilizers (‘rotator cuff’)
The ‘rotator cuff’ isn’t designed for big movements but rather for stabilizing the head of the arm, the “ball”, in the “socket”. Its purpose is to compress and change the line of pull on the “ball” as the arm travels through its range of motion.
So what can we do to help fix dysfunctional movement and its associated aches and pains?
Electro-acupuncture is an excellent way to reset muscle tension, decrease pain, and improve motor function. When we feel the contraction of a muscle in isolation, we teach our brain about the importance and quality of its action. Electro-acupuncture helps make the muscle malleable so that it can respond better to movement strategy retraining. The combination of these two strategies will set you on your way to more efficient and pain free movement.
Dr. Mark Bird, BSc (Hon), MSc, Acu, DC