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Subscapularis Support

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The shoulder is a very shallow joint – and because of this feature, we have the capacity for extensive range of motion and the ability to bring the joint through many different directions of movement – adduction, abduction, flexion, extension, internal and external rotation, circumduction, as well as combinations thereof.

With all its range of motion, the glenohumeral joint relies upon ligaments, the joint capsule (as shallow as it might be), and most notably the rotator cuff muscles (SITS – supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis) for support and stability.  To sustain healthy function of the shoulders, it is essential that we cultivate balance between adequate mobility and stability of all members of the rotator cuff.

When looking for ways to focus on this group of muscles, a myriad of options for addressing the supraspinatus, infraspinatus and teres minor abound, but the subscapularis selections are slim. And that’s not surprising…this is an obscure muscle to target.  Check out my previous post for more on this subject.  While it is essential to hone in on the subscapularis as an individual, it is of equal importance to establish a healthy balanced relationship of all the parts that make up the whole of the rotator cuff so that they support one another in working together as a team.

The YTU Pranic Bath shoulder exercise is a fantastic way to develop this all-important balanced relationship and equilibrium of mobility and stability.  It helps to warm and awaken all the muscles of the rotator cuff while increasing synovial fluid in the shoulder joints. In addition, by bringing the shoulder through the fluid, dynamic pattern of the exercise, we improve both flexibility and stability of the articulation of the joint. The brilliance of this exercise is that instead of isolating one part over the other, the tissues work synergistically to create its choreographed movement, which I would like to contend requires (and helps us improve) our coordination skills as well.

Discover our shoulder exercises and shoulder pain solutions.

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Read our post about “How to get Olympic Inspired Shoulders.”

Here’s a clip, and you can find this and more shoulder awakening exercises on the Quick Fix for Shoulders video:

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