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"eagle pose", shoulder injury and me

B Redmond2010-07-04 13:27:53 +0000 #1
hello y'all,

i have been here before about a year ago, but i was on a hiatus. anyway, i am a yoga fan, and i do a lot of stretching which is inspired by yoga asanas, but i wouldnt dignify my practice by calling it yoga.

so anyway, one time, i was doing a eagle pose like stretch, and i injured my shoulder. i say it is an eagle pose-like stretch because there were no spinal alignments or engagement of certain muscle groups or anything else particular in yoga. i just wrapped my hands around eachother and my legs too and then got really excited and moved around. then when i was done, my shoulder was kind of burning and i felt kind of uneven like i had tension there that just needed to be rolled out. eventually it was painful but not too bad. this was about ten years ago. i am twenty nine now.

Now it is still affecting me slightly but not very much. i was unable to do the bench press with any amount of serious weight for a while, but i overcame that somehow, probably just time. but the shoulder press never came back. i couldnt do it 3 years ago, but i havent tried it since anyway. regardless, if i do any prolonged activitiy with my shoulder or if i wear a bookbag for too long, my shoulder starts to feel sore, and uneven/tense. i have full range of motion, and except for the shoulder press, i have full strenght from this shoulder. i may not be able to do shoulder press still, i dont know.

about a year ago, i went on an acupuncture form to ask if acupuncture would help. i received a response from a person who said he treated many such injuries and said mine wasnt severe and certain exercise could work. i followed his advice for a knee injury from an impatient practice of the lotus and it worked great, but his shoulder roiutine required the use of equipment, for exxample what some way of doing seated rows. my issue is that i dont like to use equipment if i can avoid it. i like to find ways to manuver the body so that i can train without the equipment.

i didnt ask him at the time how to do without the equipment, but i will shortly. but first i would like to ask if anybody knows what i might have injured, and is there any yoga exercises that may be beneficial?

thanks in advance

brandon


InnerAthlete2010-07-04 13:33:29 +0000 #2
Hello Brandon,

It is neither possible nor is it appropriate to diagnose over the internet. Such a thing requires a feel, a look, some muscle testing, some palpation...so no I am unable to tell you what you injured.

I can tell you that in addition to the deltoids (shoulder muscles) there are four smaller muscles which support the shoulder joint. They are commonly known as the Rotator Cuff muscles: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. If you google these you can determine the body actions and perhaps figure it out for yourself.

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