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Shoulder Mobility Exercises

Full Body Conditioning Drill That Improves Shoulder Function

If you experience shoulder pain when you elevate your arms to your side or all the way overhead, this may be due to a tight shoulder capsule that is causing the round ball of your arm bone to ride too high in your shoulder socket.

Often, the range that is most restricted is internal rotation of the shoulder joint. Read more

 

A Simple Mobility Exercise to Reverse the Effects of Slouching

If you work at a desk or counter on a regular basis, chances are that you slouch forward to some degree, at least enough to cause mild to moderate tightening of the muscles that line your chest, anterior shoulder region, and even your upper arms.

This is a stretch that can you can do daily to help reverse these and other effects of slouching. Read more

 

A Fun Way To Keep Your Shoulders Healthy

If you look through our archives, you’ll find a more comprehensive guide on hanging and brachiating to develop and maintain optimal shoulder mobility. Read more

 

Indian Club Exercises for Improved Shoulder and Spinal Mobility

Indian clubs are incredibly useful for improving shoulder and spinal mobility. They come in a variety of materials and weights. When first starting with them, whether you have limitations or not, it's generally wise to begin with the lightest clubs you can find. I suggest starting with 1-pound clubs and gradually working up to 2 or 3 pound clubs only if you feel that your shoulders can use more weight. The maximum weight that I find I need for an excellent shoulder workout is 5 pounds. In this video, I am using 3-pound wooden clubs. Read more

 

Most Helpful Movements for Common Shoulder Issues

This is a look at a series of helpful exercises for those who have rotator cuff issues. Most mild to moderate cases of bursitis, adhesive capsulitis, and various forms of impingement can be overcome by improving shoulder and spinal mobility using the exercises shown here.

It's always prudent to consult with your own health care providers before trying any program of care. Read more

 

Release Tight Shoulders

Updated on June 12, 2019

This is a look at how to use a massage ball to release a tight shoulder. Specifically, how to work out hypertonicity through the rhomboids and the muscles that make up the bulk of the posterior shoulder region - teres minor, infraspinatus, posterior deltoid, and the lats.

The ball used in this video can be found here: Read more

 

Hanging & Swinging Exercises to Optimize Shoulder Function

Shoulder Mobility Exercise Progressions:

While Supine:

Activating Shoulders Through Flexion While Extending the Spine: Read more

 

Simple Band Exercises to Liberate Chronically Tight Shoulders

This is a simple exercise band routine that I've found immensely helpful for liberating chronically stiff shoulders.

The movement shown toward the end of the video where the arm is in a back-scratching position is especially helpful to those who have a history of experiencing pain in the shoulders while using the arms overhead. Read more

 

Posterior Shoulder Release

This is a relatively simple way of releasing tight tissues in the posterior shoulder region, mainly the posterior deltoid fibers and rotator cuff muscles and tendons that run through this region.

Ensuring optimal length of these tissues supports pain-free range of motion and functional strength of the shoulders while the arms are overhead and out in front of the trunk. Read more

 

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