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Shoulder Rotator Cuff Strengthening Exercises with a Resistance Band


Updated May 15, 2014

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Shoudler Abduction Using a Resistance Band
Therapy tubing can help you strengthen your rotator cuff muscles.

You can use resistance bands to help improve shoulder abduction strength.

Brett Sears, PT, 2012

Stand perpendicular to the door that has your therapy band attached to it, and hold the end of the resistance band in the hand furthest from the door. Keep your elbow straight with your arm at your side, and then slowly lift your arm out to the side. Be sure that your arm stays in line with your body and does not move too far forward or behind you.

Lift your arm out to the side until it is not quite parallel with the floor, and hold this position for two seconds. Then slowly lower your arm back to your side to the starting position. Repeat ten to fifteen repetitions.

These shoulder strengthening exercises are great for regaining strength in weakened rotator cuff muscles after injury or after shoulder surgery. Performing these exercises too often may cause significant muscle soreness, so it is a good idea to only do these exercises 3-4 times per week.

By keeping your shoulders strong, you may be able to regain normal function. Strong shoulder and rotator cuff muscles may also help to prevent future episodes of shoulder pain.

Again, be sure to consult your physical therapist or doctor before starting any exercise program.

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