How to Modify Overhead Pressing for Shoulder Pain

By djpope

March 20, 2017

modification, overhead press, pain, pressing, Shoulder

So we’re onto our last video for our modification series:

  1. How to Modify Deadlifts for Lower Back Pain
  2. How to Modify Pull-ups for Painful Shoulders
  3. How to Modify Squats for Painful Knees and Lower Backs
  4. How to Modify the Squat for Painful Pinching Hips

Now we move back to the shoulder.  Shoulder pain is probably the biggest source of problems I deal with as a clinician.  Generally when the shoulder hurts, the hardest movement to perform is going to be overhead pressing.  Just like in the rest of the movements we spoke about earlier, if we understand the mechanics of the lifts we can make a modification to eliminate pain.  Check out the video below to see how we like to modify pressing for people with shoulder pain.

There it is.  Next time you get an athlete with shoulder pain during pressing give some of these modifications a shot.

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Pain Free Pressing,

Dan Pope DPT, OCS, CSCS, CF L1