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Functional Stability Training of the Upper Body: Why Do You Feel “Tight?”

Written on May 6, 2014 at 2:26 am, by Eric Cressey

When Mike Reinold and I released Functional Stability Training of the Upper Body, it quickly became our most popular product of all time. In light of this week's big sale, I thought you might like a little teaser of what to expect.  Here is an excerpt from one of my webinars, "Understanding and Managing Joint Hypermobility:"

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5 Responses to “Functional Stability Training of the Upper Body: Why Do You Feel “Tight?””

  1. Scott Gunter Says:

    EC & MR

    Well, I’ll be looking out for that release. What topics will Mike be covering in this resource?

    Excellent points in this video, too often “symptoms” (muscle tightness) are treated over the “source” (Capsular issues, protective tension etc.) I’d be interested to see your methods of diagnosing the root of the problems and specific treatment for each. I know you’re very involved with manual work, so I would assume the following would be a correct form of correction:

    True Muscular Shortness: Dynamic Mobility, Static Mobility, foam rolling, myofascial release and other lengthening techniques. Would ART and MWM’s be more beneficial for actual tension as opposed to physiologically shortened musculature?

    Osseous Bony Alignment: Create optimal biomechanical environment with muscle balancing and address movement compensation patterns.

    Capsular Issues: Address secondary movement with joint mobilizations and glides.

    Protective tension and spasm: (Summed up pretty nicely in your video-address instability issues and eventually remove the need for protective tension)

    Neural Tension: I see this a lot with the ulnar nerve specifically in throwing athletes with a tight flexor-pronator group. Any suggestions outside of releasing surrounding musculature and neural glides?

    Previous Injury: Step 1-Build Time Machine Step 2-Don’t Get injured. As you depicted, a lot of manual work and deep tissue is necessary to regain some of the mobility for these injuries. It is important for the athlete to know that the remodeled tissue does not function exactly as the healthy muscle does. Furthermore, with severe injuries and surgeries, some the restriction may stem from the fascia with adhesions limiting fluid movement between anatomic layers. This is where manual work and myofascial release come in handy, provided there are no contraindications.

    I assume many of my questions are answered in your publication, so looking forward to it and keep sharing the wealth of knowledge. Good stuff as always.


  2. Jose Padilla Says:

    Eric and Mike,
    First off I want to say your presentations have been very useful for myself. I bought the optimal shoulder performance DVD and have been using it for myself and for my baseball/softball players in the facility I work in. I do have a question in regards to an on going injury that I have. I am tight into internal rotation and my shoulder hikes up. I have developed a lot of stress near my medial epicondyle of the elbow. I am now starting to feel a lot of pain within my flexors of my forearm. I am trying to seek what I can do to help out this injury and can be able to throw near my maximal percent. Any feed back would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Laurie Burns Says:

    I agree about the protective hamstrings issue, but it only seems to occurs on one side of me. I am a 800m runner and finding working on imbalances alone not the whole picture. It’s also knowing your body and when to get in for soft tissue massage and also when to back off on tension causing excercises. I currently have left Achilles tendonitis and lateral knee bursas on both knees. I can only run once per week about 3 miles until I get an ortho to drain bursas. I am biking mostly and doing band work. Slowly but surely ill be back. But not the same.

  4. Steve Says:

    very good article

  5. joe Says:

    great stuff eric thanks

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