The difficulty performing the push-up exercise lies in maintaining trunk, head and elbow position, as there’s a strong tendency to arch your back (which places extra stress on your spine) as well as allow your head and elbows to drift out of position.
This exercise targets your chest, shoulders, rotator cuff, triceps and abdominal muscles.
Maintain position of your trunk, elbows and head during the exercise to facilitate muscle activation and joint protection.
If you’ve had a shoulder, low back or neck injury, check with your physical therapist before performing.
Support your body with your hands but keep your hips up so as to protect your back. Pull your shoulder blades back but do not arch your back. Next, pull your belly inward away from your pant line. Set your hands so they are about 6 inches wider than your shoulders.
While maintaining trunk/pelvis/head position, lower your body to a point they break the plane of the shoulders and then back up to where the elbows are almost extended completely.
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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