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Shoulder Mobility Exercises

Hanging & Swinging Exercises to Optimize Shoulder Function

Shoulder Mobility Exercise Progressions:

While Supine:

Activating Shoulders Through Flexion While Extending the Spine: Read more about Hanging & Swinging Exercises to Optimize Shoulder Function

 

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 about Simple Band Exercises to Liberate Chronically Tight Shoulders

 

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 about Posterior Shoulder Release

 

Rotator Cuff Stretch to Prevent Impingement, Bursitis, Frozen Shoulder, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

This is arguably one of the most helpful stretches you can do to keep your shoulders healthy for overhead activity. Read more about Rotator Cuff Stretch to Prevent Impingement, Bursitis, Frozen Shoulder, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

 

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.

The ball used in this video can be found here:

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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

 

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