Rubber Band Exercises for a Torn Rotator Cuff

By Patrick Cameron

A torn rotator cuff can be serious business. Generally, it doesn't heal just because you leave it alone. In fact, many times the injury will only worsen over time. One thing that you can do to try and keep a rotator cuff injury at bay is to strengthen the muscles around it so that there is more support for the rotator cuff and shoulder area in general. Rubber bands (or resistance bands) are one of the best ways to build up your rotator cuff in a low impact way. This article will help you with some basic rubber band exercises.

Door Knob Exercises

Tie your rubber band around a door knob so that you have two equal length ends hanging off. There are a quite a few basic exercises you can do from this position. Take an end of the rubber band with either hand and simply pull them behind your back. Or you can raise them up so that you are pressing straight up. If you prefer, take them and pull them out to the side of your body so that the arms are extended away from you.

Foot Exercises

Lay the rubber band on the floor and put your foot over the middle of it. Pick up both ends with either hand. Pull the bands up and forward so that arms are extended in front of you. You can also pull the rubber bands out to the side. One other exercise that is good for the shoulder area and the bicep is a simple curl. Keeping your elbow at waist length, bring your lower arm up, out and back in to your chest area.

Top of the Door

Place the rubber band over the top of a door and close the door so that both ends are hanging out. Grab either end with your hands and bring the rubber band out to the sides. You can also face the rubber band and with arms bent at a 90 degree angle pull down, extending your hand down toward your waist.

About The Author

Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

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