Shoulder Tendonitis Exercises for Pain Relief – Ask Doctor Jo

Shoulder Tendonitis Exercises for Pain Relief – Ask Doctor Jo


Hey everybody it’s Doctor Jo, and today
I’m going to show you some exercises for shoulder tendonitis. If you’re looking
for some stretches, make sure and click on the link up here. Since shoulder
tendonitis is a very general term, we’re going to do some general exercises so
let’s get started. So the first stretch or slash exercises a little combination of both are going to be
your pendulum exercises. Pendulums are my favorite because it really helps open up
that shoulder, it loosens up those muscles in those tendons, and it really
just kind of works it out, so if you have a lot of pain in the shoulder, I always
say start off with the pendulums because that’s going to help loosen everything
up, I’m going to show you first without a weight and then if you don’t have any
precautions or contraindications of your shoulder, then I’m going to show you how
to do it with a weight because the weight just helps open up that
joint just a little bit more, so use a chair or a countertop, something sturdy
that you can hold on to because you’re going to lean over a little bit. Make
sure that you’re getting in a good position, and if it’s really hurting,
try not to actively move your shoulder, you’re going to use your body to move
your shoulder, but again if you don’t have any precautions or
contraindications or like surgery type stuff, you can move your arm a little bit,
but it really makes it more relaxed if you can just move your body to make your
arm move, so hold on with the good side, and then the side that you want to work,
or the one that’s hurt, just let it hang straight down. Get your body in a nice
comfortable position, feet spread out and what you’re going to do is try and make
a circle with your arm, but use your body to do it, so the arm should really just
hang there, and you’re relaxed and then you’re moving your whole body to make
that arm move, so again just having it pretty relaxed so it doesn’t have to be
big circles, you’re really just trying to get that movement in there, it’s hanging
down opening up that joint and getting those muscles to relax, so you want to do
about ten one way and then reverse it and do ten the other way, so even though
I don’t have problems with this shoulder right now, probably will later, it feels really
good. Even with a good shoulder just hanging down loosening it up a little bit, so if you have an injury or some irritation going
on, this is a really good way to get some of that out of there.
The next one is just going to be a side to side movement, so you’re going to kind
of stay in the same position and this time just sway side to side to let that
arm swing back and forth, so again you see it doesn’t have to be big movements,
you don’t have to have your arm swinging like this, but just going back and forth
to really get it nice and loosened up, and then the last one is a front to back
movement, so put the foot forward on the opposite side so you have room to swing
a little bit, and again just let it hang down and then lean front to back to have
that arm just kind of swing back and forth, so that’s just a nice way to kind
of loosen it up and let everything hang and relax, especially if those muscles
are tight and kind of spasm out a little bit. So if you try those those,
feel really good, don’t have any problems with them, then you can take a little
weight to add on. This is just a soup vegetable can, it’s about one pound, you
don’t really need a whole lot more than that, but just enough to get some weight
on there to open up that joint a little bit more, so you’re just going to do all
the same movements with the weight. You can again actively move your shoulder a
little bit, but you really want the body to do most the work, so hanging it down
swinging around in those circles, 10 one way, reverse it 10 the other
way, then you can do the side-to-side motion really just letting it hang and
loosen up, and then putting that opposite foot forward and then just kind of
swinging back and forth. So the next exercise is just going to be some
shoulder shrugs, you can do shoulder shrugs sitting or standing, and all
you’re doing is bringing those shoulders straight up if you can, so you’re not
hunching your head down, but you’re bringing your shoulders up, so really
just kind of bring them up as much as you can, you’re really kind of loosening
up that shoulder area that’s what you’re trying to do, so just hold it for about
three to five seconds and then come back down. You really want to try and get it
straight up and down, not forward a little bit or not
backwards a little bit because we’ll do other exercises for that, so just up hold
that about three to five seconds, come back down and you can do about five or
ten of those. Then you’re going to go into the shoulder squeeze which is
actually going back again, you want to make sure you’re doing the technique
right because you’re not kind of squeezing up like this, that’s still a
little bit of a shrug, but this time you’re going back. You’re imagining that
someone has their hand placed right on your spine, and you’re trying to take
those shoulder blades and squeeze into the spine area, so really go kind of
downwards and back so your shoulders don’t come up like this, you’re really
going back this way, so as you can see I’ll turn around and I’m squeezing my
shoulder blades back and down, so it’s not up like this, it’s back and down, now
I’m using those elbows as a target almost like I’m trying to take those
elbows all the way back and touch them behind me, so again with this one you
want to hold it for about three to five seconds. You can start off with just five
of those, work your way up to ten, and then if you want to hold it just a
little bit longer you can. Now you do some strengthening exercises. With the
strengthening exercises resistive bands are my favorite way, you can use weights,
but I really like the ban’s better, I think you just get a better exercise
going in and out for it. So if you have the thera-band brand, the way it goes is
yellow the lightest, then red, green, blue, and so on from there, so I have a red but
you probably want to start off with a yellow. If it’s not thera-band brand,
they’re usually different colors so just make sure you know and check and start
off with the lightest one, but what we’re going to do now is an external
rotation exercise. So this time you can do both sides I think is pretty easy to
do it both ways, if you just want to do the side that’s bothering, you can anchor it
in a door and do it, but this is just a little bit easier to do. Keep your elbows
really close to your side, it’s kind of like the stretch that we did you don’t
want that elbow to leave the side, so if you need to roll up a towel and put one
on each side and squeeze in then you know your elbows are going to stay there. Keep
your thumbs in that upright position, they don’t have to be sticking up, but
you want them to be up on top, and you want your wrist to be in a fairly
neutral position, so when you’re pulling out, you don’t want to do this because
you don’t want to get your shoulder better and then have wrist problems
because you cranked out your wrist so much, so really trying to keep those
wrists in a neutral position, elbows by your side,
thumb in the upward position, and then just pull out gently. So you don’t have to
go super far, some people try and really crank it out, but then what’s going to
happen is your elbows are going to leave your side, so the important part is not
how far you go, but how well you control the band, so really keeping control of
that band, don’t let it pop back in, just use a nice
slow controlled motion, so not popping it back in like this because that might end
up irritating something even more, but just really controlling it going in and
out, so just starting off with ten of these you can work your way up from
there, or you can then do two sets of ten, three sets of ten, 2 sets of 15, and kind of
go up from there. If you end up getting to like 20-25, and it’s easy, then you’re
probably ready for the next heaviness of resistance for the bands. So now
you’re going to go into doing some flexion for your shoulder. Make sure that
you’re stepping tight on the band so it doesn’t come back up and pop you, so if
you want to step on it with both feet you can, if you feel good holding it with
one that’s fine as well. With these next two exercises you want
to keep your elbow fairly straight, if it bends a little bit that’s okay because
there might be some weakness in there, but you want to try and keep it as
straight as you can. Again keeping that thumb kind of in that upwards position
because that’s going to open up that shoulder and then not put some impinging
on it because that impinging on it that’s going to irritate those tendons even more, so
when you lift your arm up, you only want to go to about 90 degrees. You don’t want
to take it all the way up, I have a lot of people ask why only to 90 when you’re
rehabbing your shoulder, if you really go all the way up this way early on, you’re
going to risk your irritating it even more, so remember we’re not trying to
bulk up, we’re trying to rehab reset those muscles, so you
really only need to go to 90, you don’t need to go higher than that, so keeping
that thumb up just come into about right here, and then nice and slowly coming
back down, so really controlling that movement straight up, and nice and
controlled back down. So again just starting off with ten of
these and then kind of working that progression up, and then going up to the
next band strength if you need to. The next one is going to be shouldered
extension, so still in that same position same thumb position same arm position,
but this time when you’re going into extension, you’re not going to be able to
go all the way up to 90 without bending forward so you don’t have to go as far.
You want to keep your body upright, so you don’t want to bend over like this
because then you’re not really getting that shoulder movement. Keep your body
upright, and then just pull back. It’s probably going to be 30 to 40 degrees
going backwards, so it doesn’t have to be a big pullback there, but again really
controlling that band getting the control in the movement is what’s really
going to help get those muscles working how they’re supposed to again. Then the
next one is going to be going into abduction which is completely out to the
side, so this time turn that thumb outwards, and then keeping that arm
straight, again you’re going to go to about that 90 degrees, so just to about
here and then nice and slow coming back down. So when you’re doing
the motions with that long lever arm, so that the elbow’s straight versus bent, it
doesn’t take a whole lot to really work these muscles, so remember if you’ve got
that tendonitis going on, you don’t have to do a whole lot, just doing about 10 to
start off with and seeing how you feel it’s going to be the best way. Don’t
overdo it and then that night and the next day be so sore that you can’t do
anything. so the last one with the band is going to be a scaption movement. So
scaption is not straight in front of you, it’s not completely out to the side, but
it’s about right in the middle of this, so I call that 45 degree angle. So not
here, not here which is 90, but right in the middle which is that 45 degree
angle, so still having that thumb up still coming up to about 90 degrees, but
right in that middle motion of it which is what we call scaption, and then nice
and controlled back down. So those are your exercises for shoulder tendonitis.
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