The difficulty performing the lateral raise exercise lies in maintaining trunk, head, wrist and elbow position, as there’s a strong tendency to arch your back (which places extra stress on your spine) as well as allow the dumbbells to drift out of position, shrug your shoulders and tilt your head.
This exercise targets your shoulders, rotator cuff (especially supraspinatus), and neck muscles.
Maintain position of your trunk, wrists and head during the exercise to facilitate muscle activation and joint protection. Further, keep the dumbbells parallel to the ground.
If you’ve had a shoulder or neck injury, this is an advanced exercise that shouldn’t be performed until later in physical therapy.
Sit down with your feet on the floor. Pull your shoulder blades back slightly but do not arch your back. Next, pull your belly inward away from your pant line. Set the dumbbells so they are parallel to the ground (i.e., wrists straight) and away from your body about 45 degrees.
While maintaining trunk/head/elbow position, raise your arms to a point they are even with the shoulders and then back down to starting position.
Repeat as directed by your physical therapist.
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We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to perform any of our exercises without formal training from our physical therapists so as to avoid potential injury. The exercises shown have specific purpose and yield benefits when performed in conjunction with a complete therapy program that is customized to each patient. The only way this can be initiated is through an initial evaluation.
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