7 Great Shoulder Rehab Exercises

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There are many shoulder rehab exercises. If you’ve had shoulder surgery, make sure you are no longer on any precautions, and are cleared by your doctor or physical therapist to start these exercises. 

The first exercise is a simple shoulder or scapular squeeze. It’s easy to do once you get the correct technique. Make sure you are using your muscles to squeeze the shoulder blades together.

The second one starts in quadruped. This is great for shoulder stability. By tapping your hands back and forth, your shoulder muscles have to work hard to stabilize the shoulder. If quadruped is easy, you can try them in a modified plank position. If that is still easy, you can do them in a plank position.

The rest of the exercises will be performed with the Tension Toner. It’s a great tool for shoulder rehab and shoulder exercises in general. It’s a great way to use multiple muscle groups at one time. It can give you that extra push in your rehab or workout. The Tension Toner is also great for rehab and working out various other areas of your body.

The third exercise is a bicep curl. Having strong biceps if very important for your shoulder. Make sure to go through the full motion and keep your elbows by your side.

Next will be a shoulder flexion exercise. Then you will do shoulder abduction. When first starting, make sure you only raise your arm to about 90 degrees to avoid impinging your shoulder.

Finally with the band anchored in a door, you will do a shoulder press, and then rows. These are both great exercises to activate the muscles in the front and back of your shoulders.

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