Three Variations of Thoracic Extension

Improve upper body posture with thoracic extension exercises. The thoracic spine is the medical name for the midback. Combat slouching and upper cross syndrome by strengthening the thoracic paraspinal muscles. A strong thoracic spine is vital to proper upper body posture, neck health and shoulder function.

Isometric Prone Thoracic Extension

Isometric exercise.

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Five Resistance Band Exercises for Neck Strength

Increase neck strength with banded cervical spine strengthening exercises. Banded exercises provide resistance through the entire range of motion. Develop proportional neck strength by strengthening the sternocleidomastoids, scalenes, levator scapula, trapezius, deep cervical flexors and cervical paraspinals. The cervical spine is medical name for the neck. Strong cervical spine muscles may help decrease the … Read the rest

Three Manual Neck Strengthening Exercises

Build a strong neck with these three manual exercises that do not require equipment. Strengthen the deep cervical flexors, trapezius, levator scapula, scalenes and sternocleidomastoids. Neck strength is important in all sports, in blue collar and white collar occupations and activities of daily living. The neck is named the cervical spine in medical terminology. Possessing … Read the rest

Four Exercises for Upper Body Posture

Strengthen the upper back muscles, the posterior neck muscles and the muscles that retract the scapulae to improve your upper body posture. The upper back muscles that straighten the spine are the thoracic paraspinals. The muscles that retract the scapula are the rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, middle trapezius and lower trapezius. The deep Read the rest

Three Shoulder Stretches

Stretch the shoulder to reduce muscle tension, improve range of motion and enhance function. The shoulder complex contains four joints (Glenohumeral joint, sternoclavicular joint, acromioclavicular and scapulothoracic joint) and numerous muscles (Deltoid, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis, rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, trapezius, coracobrachialis, subclavius, pectoralis major, pectoralis minor and several more). … Read the rest

Posterior Deltoid Strengthening Exercises

Strengthen the posterior head of the deltoid muscle to develop proportional shoulder strength. The deltoid possess three heads anterior, lateral and posterior. Often times the anterior and lateral heads are stronger than the posterior head. Powerful shoulder require all three heads to be trained properly.

Posterior Deltoid

Origin: Scapular spine

Insertion: Deltoid tuberosity

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Four Shoulder Strengthening Exercises

Strengthen the entire posterior shoulder muscles to develop joint stability, proportional strength and reduced injury risk. Build strength and endurance in the scapular retractor muscles, (Rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, middle trapezius and lower trapezius) with isometric resisted scapular retraction. Enhance strength, coordination and endurance in the scapular retractor muscles, posterior deltoidRead the rest