To all my movement geeks out there, this one is for you... Spot the movement tell:) ___________________________________________________
A prime example of frontal plane movement dysfunction in the upper extremity stemming from a lack of pelvic shift to the same side.
We all blame the scapular retractors or downward rotators as culprits for scapular dyskinesia and begin to prescribe isolated exercises to activate these muscles in the hopes of correcting the dysfunction.
In this case, we note a scapular dyskinesia in the left arm in abduction in the top left frame, linked to a lack of pelvic shift to the left on the bottom left frame. Coaching the client with neuromuscular activation protocols to adopt left pelvic shift ( bottom right frame) helped his scapular dyskinesia in the top right frame. The reasoning? Shift to the left and encourage the scapular downward rotators to activate ipsilaterally, consider the shoulder problem not as an isolated island but part of the shore that makes up the sea. Use adjacent regions of the body to integrate the joint in question by reproducing motion in the same cardinal plane that the joint in question is missing or struggling in. Embrace joint interdependence to create better joint independence.