“Mobility” Work for the Hypermobile Shoulder

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The Movement Optimization Strategy is composed of three sequences: Mobilization, Activation and Integration.  These sequences prompt you to address mobility, stability, patterning and sequencing.  People often see Mobilization as a mobility sequence, and so I often get asked “What about hypermobile individuals”.  The goal of the Mobilization sequence is to create space or better space to move within.  As such, even the hypermobile individual will have a Mobilization sequence, but the strategy will be applied differently from how you would approach a hypomobile individual’s sequence.  With a hypomobile client, you would address soft-tissue, joint capsule and range of motion limitations.  With a hypermobile client, you are still concerned with joint centration, you still want to improve joint position, but from a stability perspective.

There are several options for applying a Mobilization sequence for the hypermobile shoulder.  In my line of work, I see a lot of shoulder instability.  I work with a lot of Crossfit athletes, who do a lot of overhead work, and the most unstable position for the shoulder is the overhead position.  Dynamic stabilization is a great tool to prepare the hypomobile or unstable shoulder for overhead work.  You can use the position at varying degrees of shoulder flexion, progressing from more stable to less stable positions.  As well, you can use isometrics or work through full range of motion.

Check out the video to see how to perform these exercises!

 

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