Can’t quite get that overhead position you want? Or how...
Can’t quite get that overhead position you want? Or how about that pinchy-ness you get on the top of the shoulder when you try? Dr. Brandon Tom is back with another recommendation this time to help your sticky shoulders. As always, test then retest and share with a friend in need.
For a quick and easy overhead shoulder mobilization:
1. Take a strap and tie a loop at one end (I happen to be using an OPTP stretch out strap in the video but you can fashion this with a camping or even ring dip strap).
2. Secure the loop around where the shoulder joint hinges just lateral to the acromium. Aka that little ditch on the top of the shoulder when you lift your arm.
3. Pull the other end of the strap behind and around your back and take up the slack by pulling the end of the strap forward.
4. Move the shoulder up and down 15-20 times, trying to push into resistance from the strap, then retest your overhead position.
The strap acts to provide a posterior-inferior glide to the humerus, helping to mobilize the joint. This can be a great mobilization to address common shoulder conditions such as supraspinatus impingement.
Great motor control exercises to perform after the mobilization include any kind of press from the front rack or behind the neck.
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