One of my favourite accessory exercises for building strength and endurance around the shoulder girdle is the horizonal flexion to extension exercise (the prone T or chest supported fly). When it comes to building strength at the shoulder girdle I feel the big four exercises (vertical pull and push and horizontal pull and push) should be everyone’s go to first. However we also need to incorporate open and closed arc movements as part of ones exercise regime and the exercises below are just a few examples that we commonly prescribe at our clinic. As to which exercise is prescribed exactly, this will depend on the clients current musculoskeletal concerns (if they have any), what their goals are and what facilities they can gain access to.

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy. Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading osteopathy clinics. We are located near the corner of Swanston St on Collins st at 178 Collins St Melbourne City CBD 3000. Appointments can be made by calling 0396709290 or by booking online at If you would to prefer to email us, please do so at and one of our Melbourne Osteopaths will touch base as soon as possible.