Monday, December 17, 2012

Shoulder exercises

Our rehabilitation programs are intentionally quite simple and use minimal equipment. This avoids confusion and enables our patients to perform them just about anywhere. We often use these exercises for the non-operative management of various shoulder conditions as well as in different stages of post-surgical rehabilitation.


Videos showing our approach to stretching can be seen in this link. Videos showing our approach to strengthening can be seen in this link.



These exercises are shown here for illustrative purposes only. Be sure to consult your treating physician to see what exercises may be appropriate for your shoulder.

Click on the underlined text to see a video of the exercise.



*Exercises to help gain passive elevation of the arm

    A. Forward Elevation: Supine

    B. Forward Elevation: Forward Lean
For stretching exercises, be sure to hold the stretch for a full two minutes.

*Exercises to stretch the posterior shoulder

    E. Cross Body Adduction


*Exercise to build strength of the shoulder

    H. Supine Press with Progressive Incline





































*Traction exercises

   I. Rowing Machine Exercise

   J. Pull Down Bar Exercise 

*Other exercises

  K. Activating deltoid by controlled descent with pulley

  L. Abduction stretching - the sideways lean

  M. Using the pulley to gently cycle the shoulder

 N. Using the pulley to raise the arm up and then trying to control its descent.


!A word of caution about exercises to avoid is shown here.


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