Shoulder Impingement Exercise Part 1-1: Low Row
Good day everyone. Welcome to the Core Concepts Channel. My name is Chye Tuan. Today we are going to talk about shoulder impingement, more commonly known as Rotator Cuff Impingement. The rotator cuff muscle is a group of muscles around the shoulder joint that helps to stabilise the ball and socket joint. What happens in rotator cuff impingement is that the rotator cuff tendons (or muscles) are actually squashed or impinged between this ball and socket of the joint.
Imagine your shoulder blade here at the top as the roof and arm bone of this ball joint as the floor. The muscle in-between these two areas get impinged especially with overhead activities and overhead movements in sports, like tennis.
So what are we going to do today is to teach you how to improve your shoulder positioning such that these shoulder tendons (or muscles) don’t get squashed between these two structures.
So the first exercise I am going to introduce to you today is called the Low Row.
1. Low Row
For the first exercise, what you are going to do is to have a mid-height cable, take a step away with a gentle squat. With your arms straight out this way, you’ll want to pull this (cable) back. Pull the shoulder blades back, and release slowly.
The muscles you are trying to train for this are the middle and lower trapezius.
What these muscles do is to help you to re-track your shoulder blade to bring it back this way. When your posture is in this position, there is a lower chance for you to impinge on your rotator cuff muscles.
And this is the low row.
[Read on for Shoulder Impingement Exercise Part 1-2: Upright Row ]
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For more information about shoulder injuries and the rotator cuff muscles:
- Shoulder Impingement
- Anatomy Of The Shoulder
- A Physiotherapist’s tips on identifying a Shoulder Injury
- Rotator Cuff – The Shoulder Stabilisers
- For Swimmers : Common Injuries, Treatment And Prevention Tips
- Shoulder Impingement Exercise Part 1-2: Upright Row
- Shoulder Impingement Exercises Part 2-2: External Rotation in 90° Abduction
- Shoulder pain in office workers
- Shoulder Impingement Exercises Part 2-3: Opening Arc From Low To High
- Shoulder Impingement Exercises Part 2-1: External Rotation in 30° Abduction
- Shoulder Impingement Exercise Part 1-3: High Row
- 7 Key Points to Avoid Shoulder Injuries
- Scapular (Shoulder Blade) Instability
- Top 3 Aches & Pains Faced by Dads
- Frozen Shoulder: Are Your Exercises Targeting The Frozen Part?
- ‘Clunking or Clicking’ Shoulders – Part I
- Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
- Understanding Shoulder Tears
- Scapula Winging Or Winged Scapula
- The Disabled Throwing Shoulder- The “Dead Arm”