Shoulders are one of the most complicated and commonly injured joints. There are numerous reasons that a shoulder may need rehab. You may be coming off of a shoulder surgery and need therapy to get back to full strength or you may be attempting to fix a problem with therapy instead of going under the knife. No matter what your situation is all shoulder rehab seeks to improve two main areas, strength and flexibility.
Flexibility is the first component of shoulder rehabilitation, it consists of three main elements:
- ROM or Range of Motion exercises. These exercises are designed to establish the desired degrees of range of motion of movement pattern that is pain free and may be assisted with a stick/towel or unassisted.
- Static Stretching. These are stretches that are pain free and generally held for 20-30 seconds and repeated 3-6 reps.
- Dynamic stretches are stretches that are generally pain free and held for 1-5 seconds and repeated 10-15 reps.
Strength is the second component of shoulder rehabilitation and it consists of three main elements:
- Dumb Bell Exercises. Dumb bells allow us to tailor the exercises for the patients level or strength with extremely controlled exercises.
- Tubing Exercises. Tubing exercises are the next step in establishing a full range of strength after a shoulder injury.
- Functional Exercises. A full range of functional exercises will ensure that you’re ready to return to your daily routine whether it’s sports, work, or just everyday life.