The shoulder is (or should be) the most mobile joint in your body. It’s comprised of a complex system of big muscles (including the lats and pec major), smaller muscles (like the subscapularis, infraspinatus and deltoids), bones (humerus, clavicle and scapula) and loads of ligaments, tendons, fascia and other connective material. It’s a highway for many important nerves (such as the Brachial Plexus), arteries and veins. The shoulder is awesome. And odds are if you’re a busy lawyer working at a desk and have a mobile device your shoulders need some relief.
Here’s a quick simplification of what commonly happens. We sit, text and slouch over a keyboard for hours out of the day. Our pecs and lats get tight pulling our shoulders forward compressing our ribs and lungs. The muscles that pull our shoulders and thoracic spine back are lengthened and become deactivated and weak. Eventually we get this Quasimodo look called kyphosis, shoulder impingements or thoracic outlet syndrome. Before we know it we can’t breath properly, wash our hair or do a proper push up without pain.