I stopped doing regular BP due to shoulder issues. Took one month break, then continued doing declines instead, which was a very good move for my shoulders. They were hurting so bad it interfered with my sleep, but now they are almost completely pain free.
However, I worry about my form now with decline. The fact is, the "down and back" cue for shoulders used in the regular BP does not simply work for me on the declines - the weight forces my shoulders to a "up and back" position, that is, they get forced towards my ears. My guess is everybody has this problem, or do you?
I am thinking maybe the correct thing to do is to do this on purpose all the way then, to dig the shoulders deep but also towards the ears, so they are in fact stable and do not start moving without control on the heavy weights.
Any thoughts greatly appreciated.