THE SHOULDER GIRDLE, sometimes referred to as the shoulder complex, is a very versatile and mobile structure made up of more than one joint. Shoulder injuries in yoga are common and are more likely to build up over time rather than happen without warning.
Both the shoulder and hip are ‘ball-and-socket’ joints but when you compare the structures, the hip joint socket is more profound, enclosing the femur, which makes it more stable but less mobile than the shoulder joint. The shoulder socket is a looser structure that allows greater mobility but can also make the shoulder joint less stable and more prone to injury and dislocation.
The shoulder joint is stabilised by muscles, tendons and ligaments which allow an incredible range of motion.
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