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How often should I do shoulder-strengthening exercises?

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy
Just a little bit of strengthening will effect a positive change. Quality is more important than quantity. Strengthening exercises only need to be performed two to three times a day initially, although the hand-on-head exercise (an exercise that activates the upper trapezius, elevates the shoulder blade, and helps teach you to use your shoulder blade when reaching up with your arm) can be performed throughout the day to relieve symptoms and retrain the trapezius muscle. Once your pain diminishes and your habits are corrected, you may only need to perform the strengthening exercises once a day, once a week, once a month, or perhaps never again when your corrected movement habits are strengthening your muscles as needed, feeding your body rather than breaking it down.
Fixing You: Shoulder & Elbow Pain: Self-treatment for rotator cuff strain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and other diagnoses.

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Fixing You: Shoulder & Elbow Pain: Self-treatment for rotator cuff strain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and other diagnoses.

The shoulders are a floating system on the trunk, held in place and moved by muscular control. The foundation of shoulder movement is the shoulder blade which has precise resting and moving...
How often you should strengthen your shoulders depends on your goals and the current strength and stability of your shoulders. Generally speaking you should train your shoulders at least once a week. For athletes in “overhead” sports like baseball, softball, volleyball, corrective shoulder strengthening might also be necessary to be done 1-2 additional times a week.

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