Pilates For Shoulder Strain

Pilates For Shoulder Strain


Okay, if you’re
feeling the effects of carrying around
a big shoulder bag, you know who you are. We’ve got the exercise that could help alleviate
shoulder strain. (light music) Okay, Kristen, let’s
just break down all the health issues
that may happen, if we’re carrying that
heavy shoulder bag. – So carrying a
heavy shoulder bag puts you all out of alignment, so then you’re standing crooked, and it’s pulling your
shoulder down, too, causing a lot of strain in the muscles
supporting your shoulder. But then also you
leaning to the side to compensate for the balance, can cause strain all throughout
the rest of your body. – How is just getting out there and moving helping
the strained shoulder? – So exercise in general
makes you feel better. It gets your blood flowing,
it gets full breath, oxygenating your system and it puts you
back in alignment so that you can move
better throughout your day. – And then more specifically,
we’re in the Pilates room. – Yeah. – And you’re saying that Pilates
is gonna help my shoulder. – Pilates specifically
works for the whole body. So we target strengthening
the muscles to your core, and then we
strengthen and balance the muscles in the limbs too. So we’ll put the shoulders
back in the proper alignment, and strengthen and
stabilize and mobilize. – Can you show me how it works? – I can.
– Good. (lively music) – So we’re gonna show you
three different exercises, targeting the muscles in
your shoulder specifically. – And if I don’t have
a machine at home. – We can modify anything. – So anybody can
do this at home. – Anybody can do it. So you can either do it
on the Pilates reformer, or you can do it on the mat. The first exercise is
called pulling straps. You lie down onto the long box, with your shoulders in
line with the front, and then you grab
onto the straps here. Pull back, extend
through the chest. – And lift up?
– Yep. Lift up and then slowly
come right back down lengthening the spine, but keeping the
shoulder blades down. Ready to give it a try? – I am. That’s fantastic! – So next is, moving into T. So the arms move down. Yep. And then the arms go out to the
side, parallel to the floor. So now your shoulder blades
are in alignment right away. Keeping the arms straight,
pull them back by your hips. So the next exercise
is called long stretch. So hands go on the flip bar. Straight leg comes up
onto the head rest here. Then you lift up. So shoulders pull back, you
press the carriage back. – Whoa. – And then you pull
the carriage back in. – [Jane] Then it was my turn. Whoa! – Pull it all the
way in, locking the
shoulder blades down. – [Jane] For the last exercise, we jumped off the reformer
and headed over to the wall. (light upbeat music) – Our final exercise is
arm circles on the wall. So you’re gonna stand about
a foot away from the wall. Hips on, back is long
against the wall, shoulder blades are back. Then you’re arms go up,
keeping the shoulder blades on the wall as you
circle them around. With the shoulder strain, it puts the body
back in alignment. So it’s teaching
me proprioception and where is my body and
how am I moving my body. So I have the
feedback of the wall. – Okay let me try this.
– Yeah. (confident music) – I think, the
biggest lesson here, is if we are carrying
that heavy bag, Pilates is a great solution because it’s balancing us and
strengthening our shoulder. – Right. You’re working from your core, you’re strengthening your
core, balancing your spine, getting better posture, strengthening and
mobilizing your shoulders. – I love that. Great information. I’m gonna add Pilates
into my routine. – [Kristin] Great. – Thanks so much, Kristin. For more exercise ideas
and motivation to move, just head to our website
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