Really Good Shoulder Flexion Exercise!
On your next patient with pain on arm elevation (e.g. impingement syndrome or torn surperspinatus) try this exercise.
Hold a short elastic tubing with the hands in front of the shoulders. Place a small amount of tension on the band (external rotation) but keep the elbows facing forward.
Flex the shoulders while keeping the forearms parallel and the hands in line with the elbow (don’t allow the elbows to wing out) Repeat the flexion as high as possible 10 times.
Hold the band pretty close to the face as you raise the shoulders …almost hitting your nose every time.
Try this simple exercise and feel the burn in your scapular muscles.
Posted on: December 15, 2011