This is an interesting read on how your body is connected. Many body workers understand that “knee pain” is not always stemming from the knee. Perhaps it’s the glutes or the quads. A common one is plantar fasciitis which is anything from grastoc tightness to even mid-back issues. This is often how even acupuncture meridians function and why needles are placed away from the site of the pain for people. Below is another example explained to us by a biomechanics coach from North Whales, Sarah Keates Andrews. Click on the title of this for her full article and more info.
Biomechanically the pelvis and shoulder are linked. This is what is referred to as a Myofascial sling.
The hamstrings starting from the tibia then insert into the Ischial tuberosity. This then continues along as the Sacro-tuberous ligament and then through the thoraco-Lumbar fascia. This then continues to the Latissimus dorsi which then inserts into the opposite scapula and humerus.
Therefore your Hamstrings actually attach to your arms!!!
So….if there is tension through this sling caused from a rotated pelvis, then the infraspinatus (a muscle on the scapula) can go into spasm and so prevents the biomechanical function of the shoulder. This is a common cause of shoulder injuries.
In order to reduce risk of shoulder injuries the pelvis must be in good biomechanical shape.
Therefore if you have shoulder pain, then you will need to have your pelvis assessed.
I’m really not going crazy if I assess your pelvis before looking at your shoulder!
Image: Thomas Myers Anatomy Trains