What separates humans from many other animals is the insane range of motion that we have at our shoulder joint. When you go to put your peanut butter on the top shelf in your kitchen, or push 200 pounds over your head, that “shoulder” movement is actually a composite movement of mainly your glenohumeral joint and your scapulothoracic joint. Your acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular joints are also involved but to a much lesser extent.
In order to keep a healthy, pain-free, and strong shoulder, you need to make sure that you are training the muscles that help facilitate movement at both your glenohumeral and scapulothoracic joints. These wall clocks can be performed using the MostFit™ Resistance Loop in various degrees of upper extremity weight-bearing and will recruit your rotator cuff and many of the scapulothoracic muscles, such as your middle/lower trapezius and serratus anterior. This is a must do exercise for anyone who has shoulder pain, or who can’t make those heavy lifts because of a weak link shoulder.
Dr. Santo Riva, DPT, OCS, NASM-CPT is a doctor of physical therapy and board certified orthopedic specialist at Evolution Physical Therapy and Fitness in Los Angeles, California. He uses instability training to get his patients and clients back into the game and into the best shape of their lives.
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