Get Ready For Handstands: Shoulder Prep
What Is Handstand?
Handstand is a unique position where one’s body is supported by their hands and feet. If done correctly, it allows the person to perform various movements without falling off balance or losing control of their limbs.
The term “handstand” refers to the position of your body when you are standing with your arms stretched straight out in front of you and your palms facing each other. You may have noticed that if you hold a pole vertically in front of you, it looks like a handstand. (See photo above) When someone holds onto something while they stand up from a seated position, they are called a handstander.
How To Do A Handstand
There are many ways to do a handstand. Some people prefer to start with a plank position, others use a wall pose, and still others will begin with a handstand on top of some sort of surface such as an exercise mat. The key thing is that you must keep your eyes focused forward during all these different positions. You cannot look down at anything! Looking down will cause you to fall over.
Benefits Of Handstands
The main benefits of handstands are that they require a person to use their entire body as a unit. In fact, most people will struggle with handstands due to weak core muscles and imbalances between the left and right sides of their body.
Why perform a handstand in the first place?
Because it’s an excellent way to challenge your body and train it in ways you’ve never imagined. While in the handstand position, your muscles are forced to work together in order to keep your body stable. This not only helps develop muscle, it also helps you learn how to control your own body in ways you never thought possible.
Handstands are also great for improving your sense of balance. They also force a person to increase their range of motion. These are just a few reasons why handstands are a great exercise for overall body strength and flexibility.
The Shoulder Blade Muscle
The scapula is the flat, triangular-shaped bone that makes up the back of your shoulder. This is often referred to as the shoulder blade. The muscle that covers it is called the trapezius.
The trapezius is a large, flat muscle that covers most of the upper back. It originates at the base of the skull, runs up to the shoulder, and then spreads out to the rest of the upper body. It helps support the weight of the arms and acts as a bridge from the arm to the rest of the body. It also helps rotate the neck, shoulder and hips.
Physical therapists also refer to the trapezius as a muscle that helps hold up the arm. When it contracts, it holds the shoulder in place so that the arm can move without dislodging. It is also used during climbing and some martial arts.
The Shoulder Girdle Muscles
The muscles of the shoulder girdle extend from the upper arms to either side of the upper part of the trunk or torso. These muscles are sometimes referred to as the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder girdle. The two muscles involved are the supraspinatus muscle and the infraspinatus muscle.
The supraspinatus muscle is a flat triangular shaped muscle that sits under the upper arm bone (humerus). Each arm has one. The infraspinatus muscle is a small, fan-shaped muscle located below and behind the upper arm bone. These muscles are minor shoulder muscles and work together to help stabilize the shoulder joint.
The trapezius muscle is a broad flat sheet of muscle spanning the neck, shoulders and upper back. It moves the head, neck, shoulders and upper arms. The latissimus dorsi is also one of the major shoulder muscles (the other being the subscapularis). It runs vertically down either side of the back from the upper ribs to the lower spine and helps with arm movement.
The Deltoids Muscle
The deltoid originates at the shoulder and helps move the arm. It is made up of three parts: the anterior or front part of the deltoid, the medial or middle part of the deltoid and the posterior or back part of the deltoid. Each part attaches to the shoulder in a different way and moves the arm in a different direction.
The anterior part of the deltoid is a large, triangular muscle that covers most of the shoulder. The medial part of the deltoid is a smaller, triangular shaped muscle located near the top and back of the shoulder. The posterior part of the deltoid is a small, trapezoid-shaped muscle located at the back of the shoulder.
The anterior part of the deltoid controls most arm movement at the shoulder joint. The middle part helps stabilize the shoulder joint and is often used when performing movements at the shoulder. The back part of the deltoid helps lift the arm behind you.
The shoulder joint is made up of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (or scapula, also known as a shoulder blade) and humerus (or humerus, also known as the upper arm bone). It is a highly flexible ball and socket joint that allows the arms to move in many directions. The shoulder is considered to be a low-stress joint due to its ability to rotate around a fixed point.
The shoulder girdle muscles are made up of four muscles: the trapezius, levator scapulae, rhomboids and the serratus anterior. These muscles connect the shoulder girdle to the cervical vertebrae of the neck. They are mainly concerned with moving the shoulder.
The shoulder girdle connects the arms to the trunk and helps stabilize the shoulder joint. It is made up of bones, muscles and ligaments. The bones include the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (or scapula, also known as a shoulder blade) and humerus (or humerus, also known as the upper arm bone). Muscles include the trapezius, levator scapulae, rhomboids and the serratus anterior.
As with all muscles in the body, they are made up of many smaller fibers (also known as muscle fibers) also called muscle cells. Muscle fibers are responsible for movement and contraction of the skeletal (frame) and voluntary (conscious) system.
Muscle cells are made up of long chains of cells, known as protein filaments. These filaments are made up of thousands of smaller units called amino acids. Muscle fibers are split into two types: skeletal and smooth.
Skeletal muscles (or striated muscles) are voluntary which means we have control over them and they are attached to our bones. Some examples of skeletal muscles are the deltoids, trapezius, abdominals, etc.
Smooth muscles (or non-striated muscles) are involuntary and are not attached to our bones. These are mainly in the walls of our organs, blood vessels and skin.
The skeletal system is made up of 206 bones at birth that gradually decrease to around 206 during old age. The skeletal system gives us support and protects parts of the body such as the heart, lungs and brain. It also allows for movement of the body.
The skeleton is made up of the axial skeleton and the appendicular skeleton. The axial skeleton is the bones that make up the central part of the body. These include: the skull, rib cage, spine and pelvis. The appendicular skeleton are the bones of the arms and legs.
There are 206 bones in the adult human body that make up the skeletal system. These bones can be separated into four main categories: the axial skeleton, the appendicular skeleton, the pectorial girdle and the cranium.
Organs are parts of the body that have specialized functions to help the body carry out necessary functions for survival. These organs include: the heart, lungs, brain, kidneys and more. These organs work together in order for the body to function.
The skeletal system gives our body support and protects parts of the body such as the heart, lungs and brain. It also allows for movement of the body by providing a frame and attachment sites for muscles.
The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that carry an extracellular fluid called lymph around the body.
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