The Problem with Overhead Pressing

The Problem with Overhead Pressing

Safe and pain-free overhead pressing requires a stable scapula off of which to push. The problem is that most people don’t have stable scapulas because their foundation, the pelvis and ribcage, aren’t positioned properly.

In a left AIC/ BC patterned-ish individual, the spine will be extended on one or both sides, meaning the ribcage is not set properly. When the ribcage is not set properly, the scapulas can’t be resting on top of them stably.

An unstable scapula, that isn’t anchored onto the neutral ribcage by active lower trap muscles, will be “pulled” up by the upper traps as your arms move overhead. This is a recipe for neck pain and tension.

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For an example of typical exercises for a beginner program, you can look here:

Please note, this is quite generic and not sufficient for everybody!

For further information about Postural Restoration defined patterns, check out these videos and blog posts.

Understanding the Right BC Pattern in Postural Restoration

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