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Codman’s – Early Stage Shoulder Rehab

therapyroom1 picture of 2 patients performing a codmans shoulder exercise

Your shoulder is one of the major and important joints in your body. In normal condition it should perform a 360-degree range of motion and create many dynamic and necessary movements.

Unfortunately, activity and life brings with it a greater chance of injury. In the many cases we see at Therapyroom1 the shoulder range of movement has significantly decreased and it’s our job to restore it and this exercise is one you can do if you need early stage shoulder rehabilitation.

Passive shoulder exercises often prescribed during shoulder rehabilitation are called the pendulum or Codman exercise. We use it to facilitate passive range of motion of your joint, as it doesn’t require muscle contraction.

Level: Early stage

Equipment: None, a ball or Barbell


  • Bend slightly forward at waist (about 60 degrees), supporting self with uninjured arm free
  • Using your body to do the work, swing  side to side moving the unweighted arm side to side or front to back pendulum motion
  • Again using your body swing unweighted arm in concentric circles
  • (Avoid overuse and avoid movement beyond painful points)

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Note://This exercise SHOULD be performed THROUGHOUT THE DAY and not all sets at one go.

Note://Although these exercises are designed to help you help yourself, we urge caution in all rehabilitation that you do. If you feel pain then call 01522 511834 to make an appointment and see one of our highly trained practitioners. We may not have examined you!


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