Soooooo, I’m not a big fan of injuries. Nevertheless, I’ve had a number of them in my blip of time on this planet.
Multiple ankle sprains, knee sprains, strained hamstrings, a strained lower back and severely misaligned t-spine, a couple concussions, torn skin, and countless jammed finger episodes. Thankfully no broken bones, whew.
Injuries cut into the fun I make room for in my life, and they have the ability to drastically slow down my strength and mobility progress to the point where feel the work I’ve put into past workouts are all in vain.
I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a baby when I jack up my body parts...okay I pout and slightly exaggerate that the pain is unrelenting. Don’t judge.
But what’s worse is depending on how long the injury has me sidelined, it wrecks havoc on my mental state and all of these “negative gnats” spontaneously generate.
Negative gnats are what I refer to as small yet self-defeating thoughts that swarm around the mind making me feel down, slightly crazy, and that my life doesn’t amount to a pile of beans.
Been there before?
If you’re reading this you’ve probably been in that place before and the last thing you’d want is to revisit it again. Therefore, I’m going to share with you, my secret weapon to preventing new injuries and loving on your old ones: mobility work.
In this particular post, I’m going to cover the back and shoulder by teaching you one of my favorite go-to mobility routines that is great if you’ve ever had shoulder-related injuries leaving you to deal with a limited range of motion.
It’s also the same routine that helped me recoup my strained and misaligned back and is part of the mobility work I do nowadays to keep things happy and limber while doing Crossfit.
I hope this video gives you a few tools to add to your movement arsenal and something to use when looking for pain relief. If it helps you at all, please tell me in the comments below!