The 7 Most Important Exercises For Rotator Cuff Pain
Do you have rotator cuff pain or shoulder pain?
Which exercises do I need for rotator cuff pain?
Do I need surgery for a rotator cuff pain?
The good news is most of you can avoid surgery by doing the exercises below. These exercises will help most people that have rounded cuff pain. If you continue to have rotator cuff pain consult your chiropractor for more specific exercises.
The first three exercises will start helping you with your rounded shoulders. For the full article click Fixing Your Rounded Shoulders in 7 Easy Steps
Exercise # 1: Stretch your Lats
- Reach up with both hands
- Reach to the side as far as you can go
- You should feel the stretch from the upper arm to the torso
- Hold for 30 seconds to a minute.
Exercise #2: Stretch your Subscapularis
- Take a broom handle and bring your arm back like you are a baseball pitcher or cricket bowler into external rotation.
- Your elbow should be out to the side and not out in front of your body.
- Stretch for 30 seconds to a minute.
- Be gentle with this exercise
- Don’t do this if you have dislocated your shoulder before.
Exercise #3: Stretch Your Pec Minor
- Bring your arm out to your side with your elbow bent 90 degrees.
- Move your body forward with your feet. When you feel the stretch on the front of your shoulder bring your arm up higher 3 to 4 inches.
- Stretch for 30 seconds to one minute.
- You can rotate your body out if you need more of a stretch but that’s optional.
Exercise #4 Triceps Stretch To Externally Rotate Your Shoulder.
- Similar to stretching out your triceps, bring your hand behind your head.
- Use the opposite arm to push down on the elbow like the picture above.
Exercise #5 Theraband Shoulder External Rotation For Rotator Cuff Pain
- Attach resistance band to a stationary object.
- Hold resistance band with your affected hand and keep wrist straight
- Holding on to Theraband with your elbow tight against your body and your hand in front around the naval. Elbow is bent 90 degrees.
- Use your elbow as a pivot point and bring your hand outward until your hand is facing the opposite direction.
- Keep your wrist straight and don’t rotate your body.
- Do 3 sets of 15.
Exercise #6 Theraband Shoulder External Rotation For Rotator Cuff Pain
This exercise helps you strengthen the muscles that pull your shoulder blades together and the external rotators.
- Tie your resistance band around a sturdy object.
- Pull the band at the same level as your eyes.
- Keep your abs and butt tight and stand straight without moving or arching your back. ( I am arching my back in the picture so that’s wrong, which is a common mistake)
- Bring your shoulder blades together as if you were squeezing a pencil between your shoulder blades.
- Next externally rotate your shoulders so your forearms are vertical, like the picture above.
- Do 3 sets of 20 for a total of 60. As you get stronger try to work your way up to 50 repetitions per set.
Exercise #7 Dumbbell Shoulder External Rotation For Rotator Cuff Pain
- Lie on your side with your whole body straight with both shoulders even.
- Use a lightweight dumbbell from 5-10lbs to start.
- Hold a dumbbell in one hand. Keep the wrist straight.
- Raise dumbbell towards the ceiling while keeping the elbow as the pivot point for your arm movement.
- Do 3 sets of 15 for each side.
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#2 Exercise https://exrx.net/Stretches/Subscapularis/Broomstick
#3 Exercise https://www.psoasbodywork.com/resources/stretching-guide/9-pectoralis-minor
#4 Exercise https://www.t-nation.com/training/4-steps-to-fix-your-triceps
#5 Exercise http://www.dragonanalytics.com.au/fitness/how-to-strengthen-your-shoulders-and-look-great/
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