If you have issues with your shoulders the first place that we check is your pelvis.
Because this is your centre. Any problems here can transfer up (and down) your body.
If this is fine then it's onto your lumbar spine. If this is also fine then we move to your thoracic spine.
But WHY do we check your thoracic spine before your shoulders if it's your shoulders that have the issue?
HOW can a restriction here cause problems within your shoulder?
Well, this is because you SHOULD be able to rotate your thoracic spine around 35 degrees.
However, quite often the majority of us do not have this capacity. Our Thoracic Spines become stable rather than mobile.
As a consequence, limited movement in the Thoracic Spine means that the shoulder joint has to take some of the slack.
So when you can't turn to your side in order to pick something up via your thoracic spine, then your shoulders will have to move more in order to reach the extra bit.
And more movement in the shoulder is not always a good thing either.
Because this is a joint that requires stability.
And when a shoulder becomes unstable because it has to do the work of the Thoracic spine, well, we're going to see a truck load of problems start happening.
So we need to make sure that our thoracic spines are not providing stability when we need mobility from them.
And we need to make sure that our shoulders are not providing mobility when what we really need is stability.
Let's not get these two mixed up.