Rotator cuff series: Supraspinatus-middle deltoid





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Uploaded on Nov 22, 2011

The rotator cuff soft tissue includes the muscle supraspinatus. This is a difficult muscle to stretch, but this exercise presented here can do that job. As well, some kinds of impingement phenomena can be helped by this movement.

Don't forget that the body's own structures can impinge nerves as well as tendons, and nerves need to be able to slide, or glide through the range of movement that you need on a daily basis—so don't forget to include the neural stretches for brachial plexus as well as stretching the scalenes, to avoid Thoracic Outlet Compression Syndrome (TOCS, or TOS).

Unusually, this exercise achieves its efficacy by gently pressing the ribs out of the way, literally letting the arms be stretched "through" the body—it's a novel and effective way to stretch this muscle.

I will be presenting a number of rotator cuff stretches over the next few days, and strengthening movements will follow.

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