Quick Assessment For Shoulder Mobility

There are many ways to assess ones shoulder mobility and below is an example of one test that I will often utilise because it is quick and easy.  To carry out this assessment, all you need is a dowel stick to hold onto.  Start by having the individual lie flat on the ground with their forehead flat.  Ask them to raise their arms up off the floor whilst keeping their head flat on the floor.  This ensures that the individual is performing the movement through their shoulders and will assess overhead range of motion.  Failure to keep the torso on the ground may give you a false reading.  Very quickly you will learn whether the individual has adequate range of motion to perform overhead movements.  When performing this test, make sure you are aware of any discomfort or pain as this may require further assessment.


This blog was written by Osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.


Principle Four Osteopathy

Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading Osteopathy clinics. At the clinic we treat a wide range of clients, ranging from the office worker, exercise enthusiast to athlete. We have 3 experienced osteopaths working across both of the clinics.

The Melbourne City CBD clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation.

The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium. Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation.

To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.