Don’t let your shoulder pick your leg up!
Have you ever laid longways on the roller to release upper back, shoulder, or neck tightness only to find that you it isn’t working as well as it usually does?
Hmn. What is going on? Has the roller reached the end of it’s useful life?
No, that’s not it.
Well, I have noticed lately that when shoulders get tight, one potential cause might be that they feel like they need to help with every other muscle.
Specifically, when you are trying to lift your leg up off the roller to activate other hip muscles.
I have watched shoulders time and time again go from a twitch to a full lockdown in order to assist the leg being picked up.
That shoulder just pops forward and tightens up!
It doesn’t seem to matter what muscle in your lower body you are attempting to activate- all of them should be able to work independently of the upper body.
You should be able to let that upper body relax, but if you need it to anchor, use the lower parts of the shoulder blade itself.
I explain more in the video below:
Let me know in the comments below if you now notice your shoulders trying to help and what you did to remedy the situation….and more importantly if it helps release the upper body tightness!