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Shoulder Extension Rehab Exercise

The shoulder joint muscles, ligaments and tendons which all function in different directions and strengths need to work together creating shoulder balance. It is important that when you have an injury your shoulder is returned to optimum, i.e. all working together correctly, having shoulder ability of 60-70% better is not acceptable to us at Therapyroom1. So in this exercise we are showing you how to increase that range of movement and decrease pain or stiffness in the shoulder by performing back extensions.

Types of Injuries

  • Arthritis
  • Frozen  Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Torn ligaments
  • Dislocated or Injured clavicle
  • A Rotator Cuff muscle injury or removing Rotator Cuff Protection of injury

Level: Beginners/Intermediate

Equipment: long handle broomstick

Muscles Used:

Anterior/Posterior Deltoids Infraspinatus Rhomboids

Exercise Instructions

Stand up straight and place a broomstick behind your back, holding it with both hands

Whilst keeping your elbows straight move the stick away from your back as in the diagram and then back towards your back

Earlly Rehabilitation Move the stick very slightly away from your back and then back towards your back ( it is more about getting small ranges of movement
Intermediate Rehabilitation Move the stick further away than in the beginner’s stage away if performed correctly you should feel a deep stretch at the front of your shoulder.
Reps Sets Times (per day)
Early 5 2 2
Intermediate 7 3 2

Advancement of Exercise

Use a weights bar or separate dumbbells to increase to effort required and the stretch in the shoulder

Note:// Shoulder joint injuries in the hands of the less skilled but equally qualified is not a good idea I would prefer you saw a sports therapist over a physio when it comes to rehabilitation exercises, simply because their course allows for touching and exploration of exactly what is going on rather than general exercises for this injury.

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