I’m am trying to understand better when to use these exercises and when it would not be helpful. I have clients who have shoulder issues. I want to be sure I pick the right exercises for the right issue. Also, the issue of neck pain came up when I tried some of these exercises. So therefore should we avoid those?
when you have somebody with neck and shoulder issues, you should defer to the physician and/or physical therapist for insights in the cause of those.
In addition to not doing anything that hurts, I tend to stay away from overhead exercises.
Although I might have a good idea as to which exercises you are referring to, please list them so we are all on the same page. If there are exercises that make the neck and shoulder pain more intense, the best thing to do for now is to avoid them and consult with a physician (orthopedic) and/or a physical therapist. And just like Karin suggested try to avoid overhead presses as well as back squats (barbell). Many people who develop neck and shoulder pain it’s because of either overuse, bad form or both (unless it’s related to injuries not associated with exercising). Maybe some corrective exercises could help fixing these issues, but if the pain persists (or gets intensified) then a visit to the doctor would be the best option.
Good answers. When there’s pain my first counsel is to consult with a physician and/or physical therapist to determine the etiology of the problem. From there it should be possible to make a decision regarding which exercises are acceptable and which are contraindicated. I agree with the suggestions that not performing overhead exercises and exercises that put the shoulders in external rotation (squats with a barbell behind the neck, as Harris suggests) should be avoided.
Thank you all for your responses. I had just watched a video seminar on Scapular Stability: Shoulder the Load with Brian Richey. I thought the question box was going to go to him.
During the seminar someone asked a question about the exercises and neck pain but the person didn’t have a microphone. So I was hoping he could clarify it for me.