Stretch of the Week: Posterior Shoulder Mobilization
by Amanda Gallow, DPT, SCS
AZOPT Buckeye Physical Therapist
Stretch Type: Static
How to Perform: Lie on your stomach propped up on your forearms. Be sure your elbows are slightly in front of your shoulders, and your forearms are parallel to one another. Thumbs should be placed up. Drop your chest towards the table, feeling a stretch along the back of the shoulder and upper arm. If you want to make the stretch more intense, shift your weight towards one side. Hold for 10 seconds then bring chest up. Repeat 10 times.
Why Perform This Stretch: This is static stretch to address mobility of your posterior shoulder capsule. This can be performed prior to the genie stretch and the sleeper stretch to assist in capsule mobilization. It is really important that you feel the stretch along the back of the shoulder and not in the front. This can be performed prior to or after activity.