PFP Exercise Of The Week
Rotator cuff and shoulder care has evolved significantly as functional anatomy has become better understood and the importance of challenging the nervous system’s responsiveness has been appreciated. Isolating the shoulder in fixed positions it rarely (if ever) functions in, is now replaced with integration.
Even with this evolution, closed chain concepts for the shoulder are often overlooked. Keeping the distal segment (hand) fixed, while other parts of the body move relative to the hand has many advantages that include:
✅ Novelty to the brain that can reduce protective mechanisms
✅ Reflexive stability of the limb from pressure to the palm of the hand
✅ Improved shoulder proprioception
By placing the omni directional Core-Tex Sit against a wall, we can challenge both the functional integration of the shoulder girdle and the reflexive mechanisms so important to providing variable stability demands to this shallow joint. In the video we demonstrate two ways to do this. The first is by creating reactive variability as the entire body is moved around the fixed hand. The second is by adding the resistance and counter force created by a light, mini band.
Your shoulder joint programming should have the shoulder talking to the scapula, thoracic spine, and opposite hip. Providing a stimulus that challenges proprioception, variable stability demands and efficiency of movement will meet the ultimate needs of your client.
Check out these additional rotator/shoulder prehab moves using Core-Tex Sit and Core-Tex RT
Shoulder stabilizers and core stabilizers are put to work when we place one hand in the center of your Core-Tex Sit. Controlling and stabilizing the responsive motion of Core-Tex Sit adds an entirely new experience to this traditional strengthening exercise.
Modify by dropping to your knees if necessary.
Using the spiraling motion of the PNF pattern, and the coil-to-uncoil applications of Core-Tex, we can produce a fully integrated movement for the shoulder girdle. Pay special attention to the cues for hand positioning to optimize the response of the entire shoulder girdle and thoracic back. Use this integrated move for rehab, prehab or a dynamic warm-up for upper body activities.
Take your Core-Tex off the floor and open up incredible opportunities for the shoulder girdle. Use it for prehab, rehab, or dynamic warm-ups. Try these extremely effective exercises for your shoulder patients, athletes or clients.
The moves you'll see here will add valuable applications and novel ways to address the shoulder joint and shoulder girdle.