APEX SHOULDER SERIES
PART 1 – SPINAL AND SHOULDER CONNECTIONS
Common injuries for baseball players and volleyball players (or any overhead athletes) are directly related to a dysfunction of the structure and mobility of the cervical and thoracic spine. The shoulder is a direct connection to the spine so it becomes a secondary issue but it may be the area where you first feel pain/discomfort first.
The shoulder is one of the most complicated articulations in the body due to its connection to the spine via the rib cage along with its constant battle between multiple muscles (prime movers and intrinsic muscles). There is only one direct joint that connects the spine to the shoulder and that’s the clavicle (collar bone).
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Shoulder function and mobility plays a mutual role in thoracic mobility and function. The spine is the most important area of the body because it protects the system that controls everything, the Central Nervous System (Brain and Spinal Cord). For this reason, at our sports rehab clinic in Mississauga, ON, our top athletes focus on clearing their spine first before starting to work directly on shoulder function and optimization. High level athletes that want to have optimal function/performance and increased sustainability of joints need to look at the body as a whole rather joint-to-joint.
If one of our top athletes comes into our sports rehab clinic in Mississauga, ON with a chief complaint in the shoulder, we always trace it back to the joint above or below to make sure that we clear the functionality of the kinetic chain along with tracing it to the spine to make sure that is moving correctly.
Structural mobility and functionality in the cervical and thoracic spine specifically are key for all overhead athletes such as baseball players and volleyball players. In our sports medicine clinic, we are continuously monitoring and assessing the global function of all our athletes in-season and off-season with specific protocols. Every athlete is unique and requires specific individualized treatments and programming. If you haven’t had a proper Neuro-Structural analysis in our office, please take the time to come in for a complimentary consultation and sit down with one of our health care providers.
Call our office today at (905) 481-4972 to book a complimentary consultation.