Shoulder clicks

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  1. tdawg

    tdawg New Member

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    Press ups are my weakness. I'm very close on all fitness requirements but way off the pace in terms of press ups.

    Whenever I do a press up with my arms in, (RM standard) my left shoulder clicks. It's not painful but very uncomfortable and it's holding be back for sure.

    I am probably going to see a physio this week but wondered if anyone here has had something similar?

    Short term I'm going to do wider press ups and stop doing pull ups because I think it could be a push pull imbalance.
     
  2. ZXCVBNM

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    I've been getting this in my right shoulder, so I've started doing mobility exercises and posture correction. Noticed I was getting slightly rounded shoulders and anterior pelvic tilt through muscle imbalances, so I've started on fixing my back & shoulders. Strengthening my hamstrings and avoiding sit ups for a while, whilst doing planks instead.

    If you stand up in a relaxed posture, if your thumbs are pointing towards each other then you have rounded shoulders / muscle imbalance, they should be pointing forward.



    A good guy to check out for muscle and joint correction is Trevor Bachmeyer, he's a doctor / crossfit athlete: https://www.instagram.com/smashwerx/ - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4BvkJe2U4CnenW61nm_HOQ/videos

    His youtube videos are very good, should learn a lot.
     
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  3. Chelonian

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    For how long have you been doing correct form press ups? It might just be a transient thing. My knees, elbows and shoulders click but admittedly that might be age related. :)

    An incremental adjustment (millimetres) of press up width may well stop any clicking. I'm doubtful if pull ups are the sole cause of press up 'clicking'.
     
  4. tdawg

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    I've just tried press ups on gymnastics rings and the problem is gone.

    Problem is they are so much harder I only managed 8!

    I will try to progress with these for a bit, I reckon 20 of these could be worth 60 to the beep-vomit-

    I think they are harder because they are less stable, once I get the stability then hopefully no more clicks.
     
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    I haven't been through any RM training or anything yet, however I have been weightlifting and improving my fitness for a few years now and I have had shoulder clicking and clunking issues that resulted in a visit to an NHS physio.
    He basically attributed it to some scare tissue that had formed over the muscle as a result of a minor tear that I suffered a while ago (I sort of noticed it but didnt think much of it). The physio gave me some stretchy bands to use in order to better hit some muscles that I had neglected for ages.
    It might be worth strengthening rotator cuff muscles (shoulder external and internal rotation) and stretching nicely before a workout. I'm sure the physio will tell you everything you need to know though. The video that ZXCVBNM posted above is the sort of thing I mean.


    I hope this gives you some relevant information, but I am not an expert.
     
  6. tdawg

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    I've got some of those stretchy bands.

    Having them is different to using them though. ;)
     
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