Exercises for Shoulder Impingements

By Brandy Burgess

Shoulder impingement can be uncomfortable and downright painful if not treated. Exercise can help greatly with shoulder impingement to restore motion in the shoulder and improve any injury that may have caused the impingement. These exercises, along with prescribed medications, ice and massage, can help you get your shoulder back into good condition. You should do these pain-free exercises two to three times a day.

Codman's Pendulum Swings

To do the Codman's pendulum swings, you will need a table. Start by leaning over the table, supporting your body using your uninvolved arm. Allow the involved arm to hang straight in a relaxed position. Slowly swing the arm in clockwise circles, then counterclockwise. Repeat this motion 30 times in each direction.

Standing Adduction Stretch

While you are standing straight up, place the involved hand behind the body. Using your other hand, gently grasp the elbow across your back and slowly pull. Hold this position for about 5 to 7 seconds. Let go and allow the arm to relax. Repeat this exercise 5 to 10 times, increasing your time as you get more comfortable.

Corner Stretch

While standing and facing a corner in the room, abduct your shoulders and flex your elbows to a 90-degree angle. Slowly lean into the corner, stretching your chest in front of your shoulders. Hold this position for about 10 seconds and then relax. Repeat this exercise 5 to 10 times, increasing your time as you go.

About The Author

My name is Brandy. I live in northern NY. I'm a SAHM in order to care for my 2 year old son. I help run a family day care as well as doin some free lance writing on the web.

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