If you’ve been doing the “Clock Reaches” exercise and it has been getting super easy without resistance then this progression will help further strengthening the rotator cuff and the shoulder after an injury.
With a light resistance band loop wrapped around your wrists, kneel down in 4 point position with your fists on the ground and keep your spine in neutral posture with your inner core muscles engaged. Imagine there is clock face numbered 9 to 3 O’clock on the ground in front of you.
Begin by reaching the right hand to 9 O’clock and then back to the start position. Proceed to continue to 1O, 11, 12, 1, 2 and then 3 O’clock, and then reverse back to 9 O’clock again. Repeat this for your left hand. Perform 3 sets of 5 for each side.
This exercise is also great to do if you want to increase strength even when you’re not injured. If you have any pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.
This is a great exercise for strengthening the rotator cuff and the shoulder complex muscles after straining the rotator cuff.
Kneel with your fists on the ground and keep your spine in neutral posture with your inner core muscles engaged. Imagine there is clock face numbered 9 to 3 O’clock on the ground in front of you.
Begin by reaching the right hand to 9 O’clock and then back to the start position. Proceed to continue to 1O, 11, 12, 1, and then 2 and then 3 O’clock. and then reverse back to 9 O’clock again. Repeat this for your left hand. Perform 3 sets of 5 for each side.
If you have any pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.
If you have injured your shoulder rotator cuff but can still move it then this might be the right exercise for you.
With a light exercise band tied at shoulder level proceed to take up the slack. Then placing a folded towel between your side and elbow and place your opposite hand onto your shoulder lightly to prevent it from hiking upwards.
With the thumb up, slowly rotate the lower arm and wrist in towards your body making the upper arm and elbow the pivoting point and then bring the arm back to the start position with control. Prevent the elbow from pinching in towards your side or doing a chicken wing coming out. Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions for each side.
Doing the unaffected side will also help with the neuromuscular rehab of the rotator cuff muscles. If you have any pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.
To stretch out the right rotator cuff muscle, place a non-stretchy strap with your left hand over your head and behind your back. Reach the right hand behind your back to grab the strap. Reach as far up as you can towards your limit but avoid tilting your shoulder forward. Stabilize the front of your right shoulder by placing it against a corner or a door frame and step the left foot forward. Hold tightly with your right hand and pull the strap upwards with your left. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and repeat for 3 sets. Doing this stretch daily can help increase the mobility of your stiff shoulder if you’re experiencing shoulder impingement pain due to a tight overuse Supraspinatus Rotator Cuff muscle. It’s also great to do as a warm down stretch when it’s abnormally tight and stiff. If you have pain or if you’re unsure about how to do the exercise, please consult with your local Physiotherapist before continuing.
This exercise is great for rehabbing from a rotator cuff strain or shoulder impingement strain. Wrap a mild resistive elastic band half way down the mid back, and then cross it over at the front and securely wrap both ends onto each hand. Turn facing a wall and place your pinky finger and edge of hand firmly against it. Keep your posture tall and inner core engaged while pushing your hands against the wall up to the ceiling in “V” formation and externally rotate the hands out, holding it at the top for a good long second. Then slowly bring it back down. Repeat this 10 to 15 repetitions for 3 sets. By keeping your inner core engaged and your posture tight, this exercise is great for rebuilding the shoulder strength you need in any overhead reaching sports, especially rock climbing, volleyball, and basket ball. You should not have any pain when doing this exercise. If you do experience pain please consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.
Shoulder Impingement pain can be caused by muscle imbalances in the Shoulder Complex. Weak and shortened external rotator cuff muscles can be one of the contributing factors to this problem. When the Rotator cuff is strong and activates properly, it dynamically stabilizes the shoulder joint and allows for proper biomechanics to occur. To strengthen the external rotator cuff muscles position your elbow by your side, shoulders relaxed and your posture in spine neutral. Holding on to a resistance band use your other hand to help it out to the end range of external rotation. The opposite hand is doing all the work pushing the band outward that is being held by your other hand. Then let the hand holding the band slowly return to the start position. This is called Eccentric Strengthening because you’re strengthening the rotator cuff with a lengthening movement of the muscles. Repeat this for 10 repetitions, doing 3 sets daily.
Home exercising can be just as effective as going to the gym by using household items such as a medium-sized towel. Check out the exercises below for a full body work-out:
In a plank position with a towel under both feet and maintaining a neutral spine, walk forwards by placing one hand in front of the other for 10 to 20 steps.
Find where the hairline ends to locate a noticeable “bump” on the back of your neck. This is the spinous process for your 2nd cervical vertebrae. Place the edge of an unrolled towel on this spot, then cross your hands over, making sure the top hand is on the same side as the direction of rotation (e.g. right arm will pull towel downwards towards the middle of the chest if you are turning LEFT). Complete a pain-free rotation 3 times in each direction per day.
Persistent pain between the shoulder pains, or interscapular pain, may arise from a number of varying causes. The scapula is the bone that connects the humerus (upper arm bone) with the clavicle (collar bone) on either side of the body. The intrinsic muscles of the scapula include the subscapularis, teres minor, supraspinatus, and infraspinatus, all of which make up the rotator cuff. The major muscles surrounding the scapula that make up the interscapular region include the rhomboids, trapezius, and levator scapulae.