Hi all. I don’t want to go into too much detail about past injuries, to avoid diluting the topic at hand. A basic summary (earliest to most recent): impingement syndrome in left shoulder, osteolysis and surgery in right, instability in left due to laxe joint / weak suprispinatus / overactive trap.
My current issue is primarily in the left shoulder. It is very laxe, and has been for many years. I do a lot of strengthening work, rehab band work, cuff exercises, stabilizer work etc. What I have found is that it is not just the shoulder and associated stabilizers, but also the neck and pecs which are heavily involved in the problems. This is as follows:
- I find the left pec activates during many shoulder exercises / rehab work. I tried doing a lot of stretching but it still gets heavily involved
- together with this, there is stress/tightness running all the way from the pec insertion point, into the delt and up the neck
- it goes all the way into and up the anterior of the neck, sometimes as far as the lower face (especially movements such as shrugs)
I would like to know if any experts on musculature out there can help possibly identify what the issue can be, how to ease or resolve it (any exercises, strengthening or stretching??)
I do not know the structure too well but from some research I think the muscles involved are:
- chest: pectorals
- shoulders: anterior deltoid, other muscle around front of shoulder / chest region
- neck: this is where I tried to focus my research
— Sternocleidomastoid (sternomastoid): ear to clavicle
— Platysma: fascia covering superior part of pectoralis major and deltoid
— Sternohyoid: origin at sternal end of clavicle
Any assistance, advice or suggestions are welcome!