Prehab (1) Glenohumeral (Shoulder) Labral Tears: Thoracic Spine Mobility
Why does stretching the muscles around my spine reduce my chances of having a shoulder labral tear?
The likelihood of having a labral tear can be reduced by developing the musculature around the shoulder & the scapula as well as gaining higher levels of shoulder & thoracic (middle) spine flexibility.
One of our favorite exercises to promote thoracic spine mobility is called open books. This exercise isolates the thoracic spine & puts you in a position where you can stretch safely & effectively. Here’s how to perform this exercise:
- Get into side-lying position & slightly flex your hips
- Put both arms on top of each other directly out in front of you
- Bring your top arm across your body & follow it with your head
- Hold this position for 5 seconds & then come back
- This is 1 repetition
Performing 1 set of 10 reps on each side is effective at promoting better flexibility in this area.
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