Shoulder Rehabilitation – Are You Looking At The Bigger Picture?

What if I told you that a person’s shoulder can be fixed by only treating their opposite hip?

The truth is, your body works by recruiting several different muscle groups to create movement patterns, these groups of muscles are often referred to as ‘slings’. The shoulder and opposing hip are part of the Posterior Oblique Sling, consisting of the Latissimus Dorsi, Gluteus Maximus, pelvis and thoracolumbar fascia. If one muscle group in this sling isn’t functioning correctly, there will be dysfunction and changes in motor recruitment throughout the sling, consequently altering the way the entire body moves. Your body does not work in isolation so if one part of the sequence (a particular muscle group) is weaker than the others, the movement breaks down and the pain can be felt elsewhere as a means of compensation.

This isn’t to say that most shoulder pain can’t be directly associated with a specific shoulder problem, however, other times it pays to look at the whole picture and address the movement pattern holistically. This is where seeking the help from an allied health professional, such as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist becomes important. Until you discover the true underlying problem, you will never successfully rehabilitate your injury. For more information on this topic or to enquire about undertaking a functional movement screen, send us an email to


Jamie-Lee Gale (B.Sc. – Exercise Physiology)
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)(ESSAM)