General Shoulder Health
Maintaining good shoulder health involves a combination of exercises and habits that improve shoulder strength, mobility, and stability. Here are some tips for your general shoulder health routine:
Start with a few minutes of light aerobic exercise like jogging, cycling, or jumping jacks to get your blood flowing and your heart rate up. Then, perform some shoulder-specific warm-up exercises, such as arm circles, shoulder shrugs, and wall angles.
Incorporate exercises that target the muscles of the shoulder joint, including the rotator cuff muscles, deltoids, and scapular stabilizers. Examples of exercises that can help improve shoulder strength include:
- Shoulder press
- Lateral raise
- Front raise
- External rotation
- Internal rotation
- Scapular push-ups
Maintain good shoulder mobility by incorporating exercises that stretch the shoulder joint and improve range of motion. Examples of exercises that can help improve shoulder mobility include:
- Shoulder circles
- Shoulder dislocates
- Cross-body stretch
- Sleeper stretch
- Wall slides
It's important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any exercise program, especially if you have a history of shoulder pain or injury. Your provider can help you develop a customized fitness routine that is safe and effective for your individual needs.
Daily Movement Exercises
Stretching exercises and physiotherapy can be used to improve joint mobility. In the early phases of treatment for shoulder issues, it's especially important to use caution when exercising, as pushing beyond your limits may exacerbate pain. Shoulder motion shouldn't be forced or acutely painful.
Virtual Reality Experiences
To motivate regular shoulder exercise, the Reach system employs daily exercise games in virtual reality that dynamically adapt to a user's shoulder health progress.
These games and experiences bring the distractive power of VR to a convenient in-home system that helps you exercise and maintain shoulder health on your schedule.