It paid off. Eventually. My CTS resolved first (six weeks in custom-made wrist splints that reached my elbows - ever tried to change a diaper with absolutely no movement whatsoever?) and over time, I learned what I could and couldn't do with my TOS. For the last thirteen years or so, I haven't really given my TOS much thought. It's something I am aware of, and if I find numbness or tingling in my arms or hands, I head to the massage therapist and take it easy. I'm aware of my posture and know what sets off my TOS, but otherwise it's a non-issue.
El Poquito Diablo has stepped up my workouts - I've finally reached a level of fitness that we can start doing some really cool stuff - but I always felt like my left shoulder was weak. Not weak as in not strong, but weak as in no oompf. Like stroke-y weak, but only in my shoulder.
While doing some independent arm work, El Poquito Diablo found that I was compensating in my left shoulder. He asked me to extend my arm over my head; first my right, then my left. I extended my right arm directly over my head - nod of approval.
|Arm straight up, spine in alignment, core tight.|
|Off center, hips rotated, core de-stabilized.|
It's easier to see when compared to the other arm; this is with me concentrating on contracting the right muscles and I'm still off a few degrees.
|Easy to see when compared to right.|
Sidenote: I'm going to have all of my pictures taken like this from now on - I look downright skinny(ish).
Seems I might have more lingering effects from TOS than I thought; like maybe some nerve damage in my left arm. I think with enough retraining of the muscles, it shouldn't be an issue.
I have noticed that when I'm drawing my pistol with my left hand, the weakness is a big issue. I compensate with my chest muscles, which causes my elbow to rotate out and does not allow me to acquire my sight picture quickly. I've got thirteen days to retrain/strengthen those muscles to make my draw more satisfactory. Normally, I shoot the matches right handed, but I thought I'd shoot left just for kicks and giggles next month.
Of course, it took El Poquito Diablo, former National All-Around Gymnastics Champion (or however his title goes) to notice that my judges' salute was all screwed up :)