I was carrying my little dog Bart last week. He weighs about 7 kilos, and I noticed a twinge in my elbow. I suspect that my ligaments were holding Bart up, instead of my muscles. So I made the adjustment I needed to (and it was much the same as what we do in preparation for a Rhomboid or Tricep Pushup) and the pain went instantly.
But how often do we respond to pain? Especially when it is just a niggle. Sometimes we don't really act until the pain is so intense we really have no choice but to stop - and often by then a lot of other body parts are reacting too. In the clip below Katy Bowman shows you what it looks like to be hanging out in the ligaments of the shoulder. It's not great for the ligaments and means the appropriate muscles aren't really working either.
Those aches and twinges are there to let you know there is friction, something rubbing in a way that's causing inflammation. Stop, reassess - and cycle through your tool kit. Remember it all starts with the legs, whats happening there effects how you stand and move, but you have other tools too. It can be so empowering to make an adjustment and then feel the situation change.
And of course you can substitute baby for groceries, or your own little dog, or whatever else happens to be in your arms at the time. The Shoulder Focus Workshops for Term 3 are filling up, so if that is your preferred focus sign up now. Click on the Classes link above and all the options will be there for you.