Wall Scapular Press – Strengthening Your Shoulder Girdle

In the videos below you will see one of Principle Four Osteopathy clients performing a closed chain (hands on wall) scapular press.  This is a great exercise to include in the early stages of rehab for the upper limb as there is limited load through the shoulder girdle.  The hands on wall placement creates a closed chain exercise that allows one to pack the shoulder safely.  When performing this I have the client actively retract and drop the shoulder girdle to help stabilise the shoulder girdle.  They are then required to maintain a straight arm position and let themselves actively move their torso towards the wall and then push away, being sure to limit spine movement so that the shoulders are having to perform this exercise. In video 1 you will see a bilateral scapular press and then progression to a single arm scapular press.

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. 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.

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