As I get older, I’ve been dealing with shoulder pain while pressing. What are your strategies for working through injuries?
First off, thanks for pointing out that I’m old, even though it’s true! The majority of people who train hard and heavy for any extended period of time will have to deal with injuries. Most of the time we end up getting nagging aches and pains, which are usually caused from tight muscle tissue that can pull on tendons or ligaments. Those issues can be worked around. Notice I said worked around and not worked through. If you’re training with any pain, you don’t want to go symptomatic. In other words, if you’re feeling pain, it’s because of inflammation in the injury area. The best way to get those things to heal is usually to take a little time off from the gym. I think it was Dexter Jackson who said, “If it hurts, I don’t train it.” That’s solid advice from the most decorated bodybuilder in IFBB history.
My recommendation is to get some deep tissue work along with some stretching to loosen up the muscle so it’s not pulling on the tendons and causing tendinitis. If the pain doesn’t decrease after taking some time off, then you might want to have a doctor check it out.
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