Shoulder Drop

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The shoulder drop targets the serratus anterior – this muscle brings the shoulder blades forwards on the ribcage (protraction) and enables good shoulder and arm function, allowing the arm to articulate freely in the shoulder socket.

 

Protracting the shoulder blades whilst maintaining good alignment of the ribcage and head will allow for a longer reach and allows the optimal range of the muscle to be used. When planking, this action is really important because it helps to take a whole lot of load out of the upper body, reducing the pressure on the ribs, shoulders, elbows and wrists.

 

  • Lie on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Try to keep your spine in a neutral position with a small gap underneath your lower back and your ribs heavy on the floor as you raise your arms to point towards the ceiling
  • Keep your arms straight
  • Protract your shoulder blades to lift your hands towards the ceiling and then drop your shoulders back towards the floor, retracting your shoulder blades to return to the start
  • Repeat this small movement letting your arms move freely in the shoulder socket
  • Try to keep your ribs, spine, head and neck still and stable

The shoulder drop targets the serratus anterior – this muscle brings the shoulder blades forwards on the ribcage (protraction) and enables good shoulder and arm function, allowing the arm to articulate freely in the shoulder socket.

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