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Old 03-03-2008, 04:07 PM   #1
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Hi all!

I need some new ideas for shoulder exercises. I have recently gotten over some intense shoulder pain( physical therapist called in shoulder impingement-too much movement in shoulder area)anyways, he said not to do any shoulder exercise that causes me to raise my arms above my head (like military presses). Ha also said NOT to do bench dips for tricep area either (bad, bad, for shoulders!)
Have any ideas for other great exercises that you don't raise your arms above your head?
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:32 PM   #2
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What about lateral raises? And rows engage the shoulders, don't they?
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I've been doing kettlebells which I've heard are awesome for shoulders. Apparently they are used to rehab shoulders. I've noticed my shoulders have become a lot stronger since I started using them.
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:10 PM   #4
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You might ask your PT (if you're seeing him/her again) about YTWL exercises. Demos should be available on YouTube. As I understand it, this set of exercises is often used in PT to strengthen shoulder muscles after a wing injury.

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Old 03-03-2008, 06:11 PM   #5
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Oh, ouch, ouch, ouch!! I've had two severe impingements and the last one last spring had me on narcotic pain drugs for a week. I agree with Meg's advice, and would add not to do anything like bowling, or lugging a heavy suitcase that pulls that joint apart and lets the end of the tendon slip in. The last one I had came from trying to reach something overhead and off to the side. I was standing on a stepladder awkwardly reaching and I felt it happen, but it was then too late.....

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Old 03-03-2008, 06:48 PM   #6
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Thanks baffled111, Nelie, Meg, kaw, and WaterRat!
Unfortunately the PT was so expensive and my insurance wouldn't cover very much of it. I will look up those exercises on YouTube. I am not that familiar with kettlebells...I think there is a sticky I will check out!

You guys are awesome...thanks so much!
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:35 AM   #7
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Hi az- go light! I've helped folks rehab shoulders and lifting as heavy as you can is NOT what you want to do, whatever the exercise. Listen to Meg- she is our resident shoulder expert!

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Old 03-06-2008, 04:26 PM   #8
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Meg and/or Mel,

What do you think of doing L-flys or other direct rotator cuff exercises as "preventative" maintainance?

I used to have shoulder issues before I started lifting again, but the seem to have pretty much resolved just by strengthening my shoulder. Some people seem to think that I will inevitably have problems in the future from heavy full ROM benching unless I strengthen my rotators.


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