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Shoulder Mobility Exercises

How to Liberate Your Shoulders by Stretching Your Lats and Posterior Shoulder Region

Here are some variations on how to lengthen your lats and posterior shoulder region, thereby optimizing your shoulder mobility. Read more about How to Liberate Your Shoulders by Stretching Your Lats and Posterior Shoulder Region

 

A Simple Way to Improve Shoulder and Back Mobility

To improve shoulder and upper back mobility, lie face-up with your head slightly off the end of a bed and let your arms hang freely above your head.

Once you’re comfortable in this position, slowly take your arms through a small arc as though you are making a snow angel - you can do this several times to warm up your shoulder joints. Read more about A Simple Way to Improve Shoulder and Back Mobility

 

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 about A Simple Mobility Exercise to Reverse the Effects of Slouching

 

Release Tight Shoulders

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.

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Hanging Progressions and Brachiating Basics

If you are mobile and functionally strong enough to condition your shoulders and scapulae with hanging and swinging exercises, you might begin to work at the progressions in this video.

For an overview of exercise progressions that you can work at to improve your mobility and balance in a systematic way, please feel free to visit our Mobility Exercise Progressions page here: Read more about Hanging Progressions and Brachiating Basics

 

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 about Indian Club Exercises for Improved Shoulder and Spinal Mobility

 

A Collection of Band Exercises to Improve Shoulder Mobility and Stability

This post offers a collection of my favourite band exercises for improving shoulder mobility and stability.

If you've dislocated a shoulder in the past, please be conservative with any exercises you try, and after clearing things with your physician, you might start with those that have your arms no higher than chest level. Over time, as your shoulders feel stronger and more mobile, you can gradually work your arms overhead. Read more about A Collection of Band Exercises to Improve Shoulder Mobility and Stability

 

Shoulder Dislocates to Improve Shoulder Mobility

This is a simple and highly effective shoulder mobility exercise that you can do anywhere.

Lie prone on a comfortable surface and begin with a towel or scarf outstretched above your head - you want to keep your elbows locked out, and maintain enough tension on the towel or scarf to keep it taut. Read more about Shoulder Dislocates to Improve Shoulder Mobility

 

A Simple Shoulder Mobility Exercise Routine

You can do this routine anywhere; the benefit of doing it in a pool is the bit of resistance that your arms have to move through for parts of this routine, which promotes improved strength and is a good reminder to focus on taking your arms through controlled quality movement. Read more about A Simple Shoulder Mobility Exercise Routine

 

Shoulder Exercise to Prevent Impingement and Improve Shoulder Flexion

If you have access to gymnastics rings, another suspension training system like TRX, or even a stable overhead bar, you can lean into it with your hands while your arms are straight overhead, and gently induce flexion through your shoulder joints. Read more about Shoulder Exercise to Prevent Impingement and Improve Shoulder Flexion

 

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