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

Two Serratus Anterior Stretches

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

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

Inverted Rows

Strengthen your midback, shoulders and arms with inverted rows.

Inverted rows, also known as supine pull-ups, are a body weight exercise that strengthens the muscles that pull the shoulder blades together. Much like vertical chin-ups and pull-ups, inverted rows develop back, shoulder, upper arm and forearm strength. The horizontal body position utilized in … Read the rest

Scapular Retractors

Strengthen you midback to improve your posture and decrease shoulder injuries.     

The shoulder is an intricate system composed of several joints and numerous muscles. The shoulder joints and muscles work in synergy to provide a wide range of motion in multiple planes.

In medical terminology the shoulder blade is named the scapula. Scapula retractionRead the rest