Thanks for the responses. I guess I should clear some things up first. I had been doing flat bench presses for long before I had shoulder problems. I did them because they were effective at the time. My form was pretty solid, but somewhere at sometime I must have neglected my shoulder development because this winter brought great pain to my shoulders, specifically when benching.
So I sought help from the orthopedist and physical therapist. The orthopedist, being the predictable people that they are, brushed it as off as inflammation and just gave me some COX-2 Inhibitor variation that I refused to take for I know the various side effects these drugs have. They do not thing that astute and religious supplementation of the proper compounds can’t do. (DHA, EPA, GLA, MSM, DMSO, Chondroitin, Bromelain, etc.)
So I took care of the inflammation part, but I had to then give special care to the shoulder strength imbalances. I worked PT and I have now regained my previous strength and there is no longer pain in normal movements, but I am very reluctant to return to the bench for fear of aggravation of the joint.
When I really thought about the movement of the flat-bench press I wondered why this didn’t happen even earlier to me. It is somewhat restrctive on one’s range of motion and for people using it at angles nearing 90, with heavy weights, puts a tremendous force on the rotator cuff region, even more so if one goes below parallel.
Therefore, I have come here seeking alternate exercises that can build a chest. My experience with flat dumbell pressing is that it is more comfortable and less restrictive. I plan on using them, as also push-ups and the occasional dip, but I was just wondering if there is anything else, some little known chest exercise that someone efficaciously uses so that I could incorporate it into my regimen.