Rotator Cuff (Rotation Of Shoulder)

The difficulty performing the rotator cuff exercise lies in maintaining trunk 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 elbow to drift out of position.

This exercise targets your shoulder, rotator cuff (especially infraspinatus/teres minor) and trunk muscles (especially obliques).

Maintain position of your trunk, wrist and shoulder blade during the exercise to facilitate muscle activation and joint protection.

If you’ve had a shoulder or neck injury, check with your physical therapist before performing.

Starting Position

Pull your shoulder blades back but do not arch your back. Next, pull your belly inward away from your pant line. Set the elbow at 90 degrees and hand parallel to the ground (i.e., wrist straight).

Execution

While maintaining trunk/elbow position, rotate your hand outward until it stops and then back to starting.

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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