Achy shoulders? Could it be your backside causing them to overwork?
The relationship between the lats and glutes has been studied extensively, yet not many people are aware of it.
🔄 The left shoulder is connected to the right butt through the thoracolumbar fascia. If one of them doesn’t work, the other has to make up for it. ▪️Do this test: Lie down on your belly with your forehead on top of your hands. Now lift one leg off the floor - do you feel the contraction in the opposite shoulder?
In walking, as one arm and the opposite leg reach forward, they stretch a diagonal line across the back, which acts as catapult to propel us forward in the next step.
If the glutes are sleepy (this could, for example, be a result of poor foot mechanics or previous injury), then chances are high that the opposite lat will work harder to get that same catapult effect.
The body is very smart and makes this adjustment so that we CAN keep moving, but over time that lat may become overactive, constantly pull on the shoulder and cause pain - especially when loading it with weights in workouts.
Likewise, an old shoulder injury may change the way the glutes work. 🧠Always see the full picture.
As Ida Rolf said “where you think it is, it ain’t”.
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