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  • Upper Core 07 December 2018 | View comments

  • Let’s take a look at core strength and stability for the shoulder girdle and neck.


    First of all – what is meant by your Core Musculature? Well, this largely depends on who you ask. As physical therapists, we mean the deep muscles that stabilise your body, and allow other, larger muscles to create movement from a firm base – the foundations if you like. The 2 most important areas for this core stability are for the pelvic girdle and lower back; and for the shoulder girdle and neck (the subject of this post).


    As humans, we’re evolved originally to be 4 legged animals, with pillars (arms), our spine suspended from here by lower shoulder stabilisers (rhomboids, lower trapezius), some animals (typically those which do not hold their body off the ground with their forelegs, eg apes, birds, aquatic mammals) further reinforced this structure by bracing from below (clavicle). The lower shoulder stabilisers are therefore postural in nature and, in bipeds, provide stability of the shoulder girdle, for the arms and neck that use that as a base. This is doubly important as the clavicle provides stability at the front upper quadrant; whilst these muscles provide stability at the lower rear quadrant of the shoulder girdle; which is great for stability. However, most of us have poor strength and control here, as our bipedal posture prefers to use the upper trapezius and levator scapula muscles to resist the downwards pull of gravity, so that muscular stability comes from the upper quadrant, alongside the clavicle; whilst the core stabilisers waste away.


    You can find out more here:



    Muscles of the Upper Core / Shoulder Girdle

    Wall Angel Exercises to Stabilise the Upper Core / Shoulder Girdle

    The Interscapular Muscles shoulder act as a Suspension Bridge

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