Quick “trick” to improve shoulder ROM

Posted: November 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Last week on my blog I wrote about what I had learned in my 4th year of practice. One thing I mentioned was that I now use dynamic or rhythmic shoulder stabilization exercises much more then ever before. I now use them as much if not more than good old fashion concentric-eccentric cuff strengthening. This quick video post is going to explain this almost too simple to work exercise and why I think it helps.

The reason I like this so much is that the test becomes the exercise. If I do this band assisted stabilization exercise and it makes immediate changes in pain free AROM of the shoulder, I have instant patient buy in and then prescribe a variant of it for home use.  The next time you have a patient with a painful shoulder arch or too much upper trap activation with abduction, lay them on your treatment table and preform this exercise with them for 1-2 minutes  and then re-test their AROM. I have done this in clinic with some pretty great results. I love the “wow” factor patients have because something so simple and quick can change their pain…and the best part is that you don’t even have to do any manual therapy. I often complement this exercise with the explanation that if it helps it means the patient has full control over getting better and they don’t need any fancy manual techniques to improve. How liberating is that for the patient?!

I explain in the video why I think it works, but that is just an educated guess. If you have another explanation I would be more than happy to hear it!

Thanks and best of luck

  1. OMT talk says:

    I think there is probably some up training within session if proprioceptive function as well that how to seat the humerus better. Regardless this is a nice variation of manual rhythmic stabilization drills. Thanks for posting Jesse.

  2. Ana says:

    At my clinic we do this with a one pound dumb bell in supine with arm flexed to 90 with cw, ccw, a/p and x-flex motions

  3. jessephysio says:

    Thanks for your comment OMT talk, I agree with the mechanism by which this helps. I posted a video on my facebook that demonstrates an exercise that is close to this in terms of its ability to teach humeral head centration. I enjoy your blog a lot too by the way

    • OMT talk says:

      Glad you enjoy it Jesse. I look forward to growing in knowledge as we communicate with each other over the blogs. I’ll check out your YouTube channel for the video, thanks for replying so fast

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