On Wednesday, I wrote about how the tension in your lats can impact more than just shoulder movement. A few months ago, I noticed that when I brought my arms up alongside my ears – in Tadasana (Mountain pose) or Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) I didn’t have as much range of motion in my left shoulder as I did in my right and I wasn’t really sure what was causing this. Was it one of my rotator cuff muscles, possible my infraspinatus, or teres minor? Weakness? A combination? Truth be told it was probably a mix of everything.
I was able to get the big picture when I started rolling with my Yoga Tune Up® balls in that region. Not only did the trigger point of the infraspinatus – right behind the armpit – feel tender, but the pressure of the ball right at the inferior angle of the scapula and around the ribs, was almost untenable. Blind spot, I’ve got you – the latissimus dorsi!
In addition to rolling more frequently over the entire span of my lats, and the entire shoulder region when I have more time, to release tension, I now regularly give some TLC to my lats with the Yoga Tune Up® pose, Holy Cow at the Trough and Parighasana, or Gait pose, both brilliant stretches in which I stay a good minute.
I still don’t have the same range in both shoulders – there is notable improvement – but every time I do my little lat routine, the area feels lighter and expanded; I would go as far as to say that my tissues are breathing better with the feeling of more space in and around them.
Not only is it motivating to see results, such as less discomfort and increased range of motion, but it is also empowering to know that I can take care of myself and restore my health, with just a couple of balls, a few simple poses, and 10 minutes. That’s all it takes to give yourself the gift of movement!