Stretch the chest muscles and anterior ribcage muscles to reduce muscle tension, improve upper body posture, increase shoulder range of motion and heighten shoulder function. Tightness in the chest muscles pulls the shoulders forward into poor posture, rotates the scapulae away from the thoracic spine, limits shoulder range of motion and promotes incorrect movement patterns. … Read the rest
Stabilize the shoulder complex and improve posture with midback strengthening exercises. Consistent focused training to strengthen the thoracic spine muscles and the scapular retractor muscles improves health, fitness and posture. The thoracic paraspinal muscles extend the thoracic spine. The rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, middle trapezius and lower trapezius retract the scapulae. Strengthen these muscles to … Read the rest
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.
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Build powerful neck muscles with a head harness and weight plates. These are advanced exercises that should be used by intermediate and advanced level trainees. Begin with manual cervical spine strengthening exercises, gradually increase the intensity with banded cervical spine strengthening exercises then advance to neck strengthening exercises with a head harness and weight plates.… Read the rest
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
Stretch the Serratus Anterior muscle to improve posture, increase shoulder, ribcage and spine health and improve upper body function. Hold a mild comfortable stretch in the serratus anterior muscle for five to one hundred and twenty seconds to decrease muscle tension and improve flexibility. Perform serratus anterior stretches while seated, supine, laying supine on a … Read the rest
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
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.
Origin: Scapular spine
Insertion: Deltoid tuberosity
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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 deltoid… Read the rest